Ba­bies need safe sleep­ing ar­eas

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

In the wake of the tragic death of a three-month-old in WA in Fe­bru­ary af­ter he was left mo­men­tar­ily unat­tended in a baby swing, it is timely to re­call the prac­tices, items and en­vi­ron­ments con­sid­ered safe for in­fant sleep­ing.

While the de­sign of the baby swing is not in ques­tion, the warn­ing is not to leave in­fants unat­tended to sleep in any­thing other than a cot that meets the re­quire­ments of the Aus­tralian manda­tory stan­dard with a firm, snugly fit­ting mat­tress.

When an in­fant falls asleep in a propped-up de­vice like a car seat, swing or bouncer, the head can fall for­wards, push­ing the chin down to­wards the chest. This can lead to the air­way be­com­ing blocked, re­duc­ing air­flow and potentially caus­ing suf­fo­ca­tion.

We re­mind par­ents and care­givers of the fol­low­ing:

Do not leave chil­dren un­su­per­vised (awake or asleep).

Do not leave chil­dren in a hot un­ven­ti­lated ve­hi­cle.

Never leave chil­dren in a car seat with un­buck­led or par­tially buck­led straps.

Do not place car seats on un­sta­ble sur­faces.

Straps on bounc­ers, strollers and swings may not pre­vent in­fants from ma­noeu­vring into po­si­tions that could com­pro­mise their air­way.

If using a baby sling, it’s im­por­tant to learn how to use it safely to pre­vent suf­fo­ca­tion.

Red Nose, the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims at erad­i­cat­ing sud­den in­fant death syn­drome, rec­om­mends ba­bies sleep on their back on a firm and flat sur­face. Sleep­ing hazards for in­fants: Be­ing unat­tended on an adult bed or bunk bed.

Be­ing placed on a wa­ter bed, bean­bag, couch, pil­low or cush­ion.

Be­ing left with a sleep­ing adult or child on a bed, couch or chair.

Toys and loose blan­kets within the cot. Sec­ond-hand smoke. Visit commerce.wa.gov.au/ con­sumer-pro­tec­tion/sec­ond­hand-cot-safety.

To report a po­ten­tial baby prod­uct safety is­sue email con­sumer@commerce.wa.gov.au.

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