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Northern Ireland: reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, says PHA

08 February 2019

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling for greater awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after a new survey found many adults didn’t know about the risk factors.

Only 4% of respondents were aware of the messages of the 1990s ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign.

Emily Roberts, designated nurse for safeguarding children at the PHA, said: ‘We need to increase everyone’s knowledge, including among relatives and friends who may help out with childcare, of the risk factors for sudden infant death.’

She said that only 8% of respondents knew that co-sleeping on a sofa or armchair was a risk factor for SIDS, and just 5% knew that a baby sleeping in a different room to its parents for the first six months could have an impact.

She also urged parents to ‘talk to your health visitor, who can provide practical advice’.

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