Day or Night, Sleep Right is the message to families | News

New parents are being reminded to sleep safely with their baby when they sleep over or drink alcohol this Christmas as part of the Day or Night, Sleep Right campaign.

As families gather over the festive break, the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership are asking parents to ensure they plan ahead when arranging sleeping arrangements for babies and young children.

The partnerships have worked together to develop the Sleep Right Day or Night guidance and training for partners and professionals who work closely with families of babies and young children. The package aims to support professionals such as midwives, social workers and early care teams to assess and minimize the risks to prevent circumstances that could lead to a child’s death by working with families.

The sudden and unexpected death of a child is one of the most devastating tragedies that can befall a family. Despite a significant decline in the 1980s and 1990s, at least 300 infants continue to die suddenly and unexpectedly in England and Wales each year. Unfortunately, some of these deaths have occurred in North Yorkshire and York.

Reducing the risks that could lead to such a death is a top priority for the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Together they aim to amplify key messages for safer sleep through the Day or Night, Sleep Right campaign.

Karen Hedgley, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Children in Care added: “While this campaign focuses on embedding Day or Night, Sleep Right as a protective practice, we know that many families will be staying with friends or relatives over the festive season and out of routine. It is therefore particularly important to think about safe sleeping arrangements for babies and young children.

“If you’re staying elsewhere over Christmas, plan ahead to make sure you know who will be looking after your baby and where everyone will be sleeping.

“Sleeping on a sofa with a baby is extremely dangerous. The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first six months is on their back in a crib, cot or basket and in a room with you.

“It is also very important that families do not sleep with their baby if they have been drinking, smoking or using drugs.”

Information on safe sleeping for parents can be found on the website of the national charity Lullaby Trust.

If you’re sleeping with a baby at someone else’s house this Christmas or planning to have a drink, advice for people includes:

  • A see-through crib is a safer crib. Babies are at greater risk if they cover their heads, so keep cribs free of items like bumpers, toys, and loose bedding. Unnecessary items in a cot can increase the risk of accidents.
  • Babies should be slept in an uncluttered sleeping area that can be easily created in a cot or Moses basket. However, if you accidentally doze off in the same bed with your baby or decide to share the bed, keep your baby away from pillows, blankets and sheets, or any other item that may impede his breathing. Avoid leaving pets or other children in bed. Make sure your baby doesn’t fall out of bed or get trapped between the mattress and the wall.
  • There are some circumstances in which co-sleeping with your baby can be very dangerous, including if you or your partner smoke (even if you don’t smoke in the bedroom) or if you or your partner have been drinking, using drugs, or any medication that affects you makes you sleepy. Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair as this can increase the risk of cot death by 50 times.

dr Maggie Atkinson, speaking on behalf of both Safeguarding Children Partnerships, said: “Everyone has a role to play in keeping our children safe and we are delighted that so many professionals have already attended the Day or Night, Sleep Right training. By making sure those who have direct contact with families can share the right information at the right time, we can reduce the risk of these tragic deaths.”

See Information for professionals about the “Day or night, sleep right” campaign.

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