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Irish infant mortality rate continues to drop

Published 27/12/2011 | 06:00

• 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

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• 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 brenda.shannon@hse.ie

• 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, isida@eircom.net

Irish Independent

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