Red Nose Safe Sleep Week launched
Vital sleep recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and fatal sleep accidents will be highlighted during Red Nose Safe Sleep Week from March 11-18.
The eight-day safe sleeping awareness campaign aims to provide parents with some great tips and carers with the resources to support safe sleep practices within the families in their care.
Red Nose Chief Health Advisor and Registered Midwife Jane Wiggill said the campaign focused on educating every parent and carer in Australia with easy to understand, evidence-based advice.
“Sudden and unexpected death in infancy is a very real fear for parents, and it can be a challenge to know what you can be doing at home to reduce your risk,” Ms Wiggill said.
“There is a lot of conflicting information, and our aim is to make sure parents receive the right information.”
Red Nose has been running its safe sleep campaign for more than 40 years, and in that time there has been a reduction in SIDS of 85 per cent – or 10,000 lives.
Topics on the agenda include setting up a safe nursery, why babies should sleep on their back, breastfeeding and moving a baby from a cot to a bed.
Goodstart’s national safety, health and well-being manager Kylie Warren-Wright said it was important for parents and carers to be on top of the latest research to ensure children were safe.
“It’s important for people to know the facts so they can make the best decisions for their families and the children in their care. It’s also a good idea to check when you enrol your child at early learning centre what their safe sleeping policies are,” Ms Warren-Wright said.
“You can ask questions about how frequently educators check on sleeping infants, that they don’t let young infants sleep in rockers and that their cots and cot mattresses meet Australian Standards.”
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