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Parent resources on reducing the risk of cot death
Cot death is possibly the one thing that all new parents fear the most. Thankfully it is relatively rare. However, in Scotland, one child suffers cot death every nine days, so it is an important issue for parents to be aware of.
Cot death is known by many names such as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy), but they all refer to the same thing - the sudden and unexpected death of a previously healthy child where a post-mortem examination fails to find a cause of death. Put simply - these are healthy babies and young children dying for no apparent reason.
Cot deaths can happen wherever a child is sleeping and at any time of day or night. Most cot deaths occur within the first year of life, however, it can occasionally happen to two or three-year-olds.
Cot death is the single biggest cause of infant mortality between one month and 12 months of age.
All babies are potentially at risk, but the risks of cot death are highest in:
Parents should be encouraged to follow the advice contained within the latest reduce the Risk of Cot Death leaflet produced by the Scottish Government. This advice is:
Sadly, cot death cannot be prevented completely, but by following the safe sleeping advice, parents can do everything they possibly can to reduce the risks of it happening to their child.