Safe sleep for your baby
13 May 2019
More babies die each year from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) in New Zealand than anything else during sleep. Many of these deaths can be prevented.
Rates are particularly high among Māori or Pacific babies, but new guidelines are out and an ambitious goal has been set to reduce the overall rate by 2025.
A national prevention programme started in 2017 and has reached about a quarter of the mums and babies at significant risk, with the Government iinvesting about $5.1 million a year into safe sleep devices, such as Pēpi-Pods and woven wahakura, and support such as education, a statement from the Ministry of Health claims.
About 44 Kiwi babies die each year from SUDI, described as a sudden death which is initially unexplained.
Families and whānau need information and education about how to make sure every sleep their baby has is a safe sleep.
Woven wahakura and Pēpi-Pods are two devices which can protect babies from accidental suffocation.
Some tips below detail how you can help protect your baby from dying suddenly in their sleep;
making sure baby is in their own bed for every sleep (and close to parents/caregivers at night)
making sure baby is on their back for every sleep
keeping baby smokefree from the start
breastfeeding your baby
immunising your baby on time
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