A Red Nose Day Reminder of What Safe Sleeping Looks Like

Every year in Australia more than 3200 babies or children die suddenly from stillbirth, SIDS and fatal sleep accidents. Red Nose chief executive officer Theron Vassiliou says Red Nose Day is about working towards zero deaths. Red Nose Day raises funds into research, education and support services around the sudden and unexpected deaths of babies and children.

Red Nose Day and the associated year-round work has done so much to reduce the number of sudden unexpected deaths. It’s estimated that they’ve saved nearly 10,000 babies or children through the promotion and education around safe sleeping.

While sudden and unexpected deaths of babies and children are never blame-worthy, there are things you can do at home to help reduce the risk of a sleep accident happening. While most mothers are educated around safe sleeping by their midwives and MCH Nurses, it’s always worthwhile to be reminded.

What Is Safe Sleeping?

A safe sleeping environment is one where “all potential dangers have been removed and the baby is sleeping in a safe place.” To get a bit more specific, it means in a cot designed for babies.  It also includes sleeping on a safe mattress – which is clean and dry; and with safe bedding, which means bedding that can’t move up over the babies face, bedding that won’t cause them to overheat, or bedding where there is no risk of entanglement in. Avoid using bumpers, pillows or cushions in their cot.

Unsafe Bedding

Unsafe bedding includes leaving a baby unattended on a bed not designed for a baby such as an adult bed or bunk bed, a waterbed, couch, beanbag, pillow or cushion. It also means not putting them to sleep with an adult or child who is sleeping on a couch, sofa or chair.

The position of the cot is also important. Be sure to keep the cot away from blinds, curtains, electrical appliances, or other hanging cords to reduce the chance of them getting caught around the baby’s neck. To avoid the risk of overheating, electrocution and burns, keep heaters or any electrical appliances far away from the cot. Do not use hot water bottles, electric blankets, or wheat bags.

Sleeping on Their Back is Safest

Babies must also be placed on their back to sleep so their airways are free and clear of any obstructions. Sleeping your baby on their side doubles the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.

For more tips on keeping your baby safe, read our post on “Six Ways How to Sleep a Baby Safely – Avoid SIDS” here.

For further information on Red Nose Day and safe sleeping you can visit the Red Nose Day website.

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