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Safer Sleep Week 2020

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Friday, March 27, 2020

It’s Safer Sleep Week this week (9th - 15th March) raising awareness of SIDS and equipping parents with information about how they can reduce the risk.

 

While there is a decreasing trend nationally, there has been a marked rise in the number of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths in recent years in Southend, Essex and Thurrock. No evidence has been identified to suggest a particular cause for the recent rise but there are certain co-sleeping risk factors, including: 

 

  • co-sleeping with a regular smoker 
  • co-sleeping on a sofa
  • co-sleeping after consuming alcohol or drugs
  • if the baby was born prematurely or had low birth weight

 

Advice and tips on how to reduce the risk are available on our Safer Sleep webpage and further information on the Lullaby Trust website.