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Reducing the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI- cot death)
Nobody is sure why SUDI happen. It can happen to healthy babies, but there are some things that can reduce the risk.
∑ Sleep your baby on their back so that they canít roll on to their face.
∑ Have a smoke free pregnancy and a smokefree home and car. Help to stop smoking can be found through Quitline phone 0800 778 778, or through your midwife or GP.
∑ Breastfeeding can help reduce the risk of SUDI
∑ Sleep in the same room as your baby for the first 6 months with baby in their own cot or bassinet
Co-sleeping (a parent who sleeps with their baby in bed) is dangerous when:
∑ the babyís mother has smoked during pregnancy
∑ the adult in bed with the baby has been drinking, or taking drugs or medicines that might reduce their awareness of the baby
∑ the adult sleeping with the baby is excessively tired.
There is also a small increase in the risk of SUDI from co-sleeping for babies less than three months old, whether or not the mother smoked during pregnancy.
Further information can be found at: