Hull Mum warning of the dangers of co-sleeping with your baby

Published: Monday 16th March 2015 by KCFM

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A Hull Mum’s urging parents to consider how they sleep with their baby, after losing her son to SIDS at just 4 days old.

Every week in the UK, five babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), with 46% of people affected admitting to unintentionally falling asleep with their baby.

A third of all new mums, with babies under the age of six months, have slept with their baby on a sofa or armchair, according to a new survey from The Lullaby Trust and the Bounty Parenting Club.

The survey also found that the most common place to sleep with your baby is in bed (89%), followed by the sofa (30%). However, research has found that there is a 50-fold increase in the risk of babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly if an adult sleeps with their baby on a sofa or armchair.

Because of these figures, Safer Sleep Week hopes to raise the importance of where you sleep with your baby and increase awareness to reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Hull Mum Louise Barratt is urging parents to avoid unplanned co-sleeping with their babies, after losing her baby boy Ellis to SIDS.

She explains how co-sleeping with your baby can be dangerous:

“Ellis had died from co-sleeping in our bed. I’d fallen asleep whilst feeding him and it was when I woke up that he’d died. I’d only had a baby four days earlier, so I was very tired and that’s why I just fell asleep. I hadn’t planned on co-sleeping at all.”

Louise says her experience has impacted on how she brings up her other son:

“I go in every night to make sure he’s still alive before I go to bed and you can’t get people to understand the feeling of waking up in a morning and your child is dead, so we never go to bed on an argument. If he has a lie-in in the morning I go in and give him a poke because I’m so worried that he might not wake up.”

She explains how she’s managed to cope after her devastating experience:

“You learn to deal with it. You don’t have a choice, there’s nothing you can do to change it. I can’t bring him back. Lots of people say that they find it difficult when it comes to birthdays and Christmas and things like that, I found those days actually easier because you can plan for them. It’s when something unexpected you see on the TV gives you that reminder, I find that harder.”

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Published: Monday 16th March 2015 by KCFM

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