National Safe Sleep Day

National Safe Sleep Day (Te Rā Mokopuna) on 6th December 2019 aims to empower our communities and organisations across Aotearoa to promote safe sleeping practices for our tamariki mokopuna.

SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) is a term which refers to the unexpected death of an infant through unintentional suffocation and previously unidentified illnesses in the babies affected. The aim of National Safe Sleep Day is to raise awareness with the vision of reducing the SUDI rate in our communities. Currently approximately 44 babies are lost every year as a result of SUDI.

SUDI is preventable and the risk factors for our babies can be significantly reduced. ‘PEPE’ is a framework developed by SUDI prevention advocates. It is based on the best available evidence about how to prevent SUDI:

  • Place baby in their own bed. Consider placing baby safely in a wahakura (woven bassinet for infants) or pepi pod if co-sleeping is desired.
  • Eliminate smoking during pregnancy and protect baby with a smokefree whānau, whare and environment. The wider whānau can also provide support to mum by also becoming smokefree.
  • Position baby flat on their back to sleep.
  • Encourage and support mum to breastfeed.

National Safe Sleep Day is all about encouraging communities and organisations to promote safe sleep practice in creative and fun ways. Examples in the workplace could include hosting events such as a wear your PJs to work day. Wahakura weaving workshops are a way to engage the whole community.

Source: Hāpai SUDI Prevention Coordination Service website.

Published on Monday, November 25th, 2019, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 21/01/2020

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