Nunavut government reminds parents to place babies on their backs to sleep

Safe sleeping practices can reduce risk of SIDS

The GN’s Nunavut Baby Bed provides baby’s first safe sleep space. It is also filled with a selection of books, clothing and toiletries. The Department of Health is reminding parents and caregivers to practise “safe sleep.” (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health is encouraging all parents and caregivers to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and other sleep-related causes of infant death by practising “safe sleep.”

SIDS is defined as the sudden, unexplained death of an infant less than one year old in their sleep.

Babies born in Nunavut are at a higher risk of dying from SIDS than those born in other parts of Canada, according to a news release issued by the Department of Health.

As part of SIDS awareness month, the Department of Health is reminding parents and caregivers of the following ways to reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Always place the baby on their back to sleep.
  • Share a room with the baby, not a bed.
  • Breastfeed.
  • Provide a smoke-free environment.
  • Avoid having loose bedding in the baby’s bed.

The Department of Health suggest parents register for a Nunavut Baby Bed during prenatal appointments through a nurse or midwife at your health centre.

The baby beds are offered to every newborn in the territory and serve as a baby’s first safe sleep space.

The bed is filled with items for baby care, such as infant sleep sacks, clothing and toiletries, items for mothers after birth, and books, according to the news release.

You can find a safe sleep factsheet here.

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