Aboriginal - sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
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SIDS is when a baby suddenly dies in their sleep
We had a little baby. He was beautiful, healthy and strong. We put him to sleep - he wasn't sick.
When we woke up he was so still, not breathing. Now we sit here, really sad. Our family misses him, his smile and laugh. And we think every day, why did our little boy die?
There are many ways that a family can help to stop a baby die from SIDS.
Putting your baby to sleep on her back
- Do not smoke while you are pregnant.
- Do not let anyone smoke next to a baby.
- Do not smoke in a car or in a room with a baby.
Keep your baby in your room at night
- The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a cot near your bed at night.
- Having your baby sleep in your bed with you is not safe, specially if you smoke.
Make sure that your baby's face and head are not covered when she is asleep.
Do not sleep with your baby in your bed
- It may help to give your baby a dummy to suck on during his sleep. If you are breast feeding, start giving a dummy after about 6 weeks of age (so that the breastfeeding goes well). Bottle fed babies can be given a dummy when they are younger than 6 weeks old.
- A person who is drunk or sniffing petrol should not sleep next to a baby. They might roll on the baby.
The information in this topic is reproduced (Copyright) with permission, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation
The 'Pipirri Palya - kids are good' project was funded under the 'Child Abuse Prevention and Parenting Support Program, Family Relationships Branch' of the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, Canberra.
This project was designed by Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation located in Alice Springs and working across the Central Australian Remote Area Communities. Background images from Waltja's Walungurru's Mural Project.
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Management Committee, Executive, Staff and Publications Unit, the remote area Communities of Central Australia and the project worker, Teresa Butler-Bowdon.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.