Recommendations To Tackle Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

March 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

Responding to the draft NICE recommendations to tackle SIDs, Dr Simon Newell, Consultant Neonatologist and Vice President for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said:

“Over half of deaths in childhood occur during the first year of a child's life. In 2012 over 3000 babies died before age one and the RCPCH's Why Children Die report highlights the contribution Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) played to this figure.

“Every case of unexplained infant death is an absolute tragedy for a family, and although rare, still claims the lives of around five babies each week – that's still five cases too many.

“Most of the time co-sleeping is safe but the risk increases when an adult is very tired, drunk alcohol, used drugs or when they have taken medication which might sedate.

“To address this, we need to help ensure that all families have access to safe sleeping guidance and resources. And because we know that vulnerable families are especially at risk of SIDS, we need a targeted campaign to promote safe sleeping habits.

“We hope these updated recommendations from NICE will raise awareness of SIDS and remind us all that more can be done to prevent deaths in future.”

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