Dangers of sleeping with baby raised
The dangers of co-sleeping with a baby are being highlighted by Northumberland County Council and partners during National Child Safety Week.
Babies who sleep with others are at greater risk of suffocation, falling off the bed, having someone roll on top of them or dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
According to Department for Education data, co-sleeping has been linked to 665 baby deaths over the past five years.
Coun Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health, said: “If women do choose to co-sleep there are precautions they can take that may minimise the risk to their baby. These include making sure bedding is not covering all of the baby’s head, avoiding the baby getting overheated and ensuring the baby cannot fall out of the bed or get trapped.”
Parents should never co-sleep if they have been drinking alcohol, smoking, are obese, or taking drugs which can include medication. Also, they should never sleep on a sofa, or in an armchair with their baby.
Yvonne Hush from Northumberland County Council’s public health team said: “Often people don’t understand the danger they can put their children in when they don’t follow safe sleeping practices. We are hoping to raise awareness and give parents a better understanding of their baby’s needs and avoid putting their health at unnecessary risk.”