Irish infant mortality rate continues to drop
• The Irish Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rate has declined since the 1980s, with 70/80 less infant deaths per year, and is one of the lowest worldwide, lower than the EU average
• SIDS remains the leading cause of death in babies aged four weeks to one year; the largest number of cases occurs within the first 2/3 months
• Experts know that placing a baby to sleep on their back reduces the risk
• Breastfeeding reduces the risk
• Exposing a baby to cigarette smoke and overheating increases the risk. Keep your baby's head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
• There appears to be conflicting opinions as to whether a baby sleeping with its parents is a contributory factor
• Despite intensive study, the specific cause of SIDS remains unknown.
• A new booklet, Safe Sleep for your Baby -- Reduce the Risk of Cot Death, is now available for distribution to parents and carers. Telephone: 043 33 44084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Irish Sudden Infant Death Association offers advice and support: Contact Carmichael House, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
General Enquiries: 01-8732711; National LoCall Helpline: 1850-391-391; Fax: 01-8726056, email@example.com