A mother from Hull who lost her six-month-old son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is urging would-be parents to learn more about what they can do to prevent a tragedy. Jennifer Wakefield has been campaigning to raise awareness of the condition, after discovering that it kills hundreds of babies every year - and that many of those are avoidable. Her son Ralph died after being put to sleep by his childminder three years ago. An inquest found nothing could have been done to save him. As Baby Loss Awareness Week begins, she is urging families to read up on how they can lessen the risk of losing their babies. An event will take place at Hull Women and Children's Hospital's Orchard Cafe tomorrowto offer parents information and advice linked to SIDS as well as issues like choking prevention and stillbirth. … [Read more...] about Mum from Hull who lost baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome urges parents to act
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A healthy Doncaster baby died from sudden infant death syndrome after sleeping in her parents’ bed, an inquest has heard. Two-month-old Olivia Summer Carley was pronounced dead at Doncaster Royal Infirmary at around 7.30am on October 20 last year. During her inquest today,READ MORE: ‘Much-loved’ former Doncaster doctor dies Through his police statement, Kieran described how he then left the bedroom and went to sleep in the spare room because of having to get up early for work. He said: “I went into our bedroom to get ready as normal, at this point I couldn’t see Olivia because my view was obstructed. I saw Olivia was sideways across the pillow [on the bed]. I just knew she was dead. “When I put her to bed she had the blanket on her, now she had the quilt over her body, not her face. All I can recall is me screaming and Yvette waking up.” Kieran and Yvette called an ambulance to their Rossington home, and … [Read more...] about Healthy Doncaster baby died from sudden infant death syndrome after sleeping in parents’ bed, inquest hears
SUDDEN infant death syndrome (SIDS) sees just under 300 babies die every year in the UK. Sometimes known as "cot death", it's the name given to a condition where a seemingly healthy baby dies unexpectedly. What is sudden infant death syndrome? Most sudden and unexplained deaths happen during the first six months of a baby's life. Infants born early or with a low birthweight are usually at greater risk of the syndrome. Baby boys are usually more commonly affected by sudden infant death syndrome. It usually happens when a baby is asleep, although it can happen when they are awake. What causes sudden infant death syndrome? The exact cause is unknown, but a number of things are thought to be a factor. Experts think that it can occur at a particular stage in a baby's development - therefore babies who are vulnerable to certain stresses can be more at risk. This vulnerability could be due to being born prematurely or having a low birthweight, or for other reasons. Getting tangled in bedding, … [Read more...] about What is sudden infant death syndrome, aka SIDS, how common is cot death and what are the causes?
A mum from Newhall who was left devastated when her newborn son died after just 17 minutes has told of her shock that infant mortality rates have risen, with the West Midlands being named the worst. The latest figures for England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics have shown that in 2016 there were 2,651 deaths among babies aged under one year, compared with 2,578 in 2015. The infant mortality rate had been following a downward trend since the 1990s, until 2015, when the rate began to rise. However, the statistical body has stressed that the current levels "remain low in historical terms". In comparison, in 1986 there were 6,313 infant deaths, it said. The latest figures show that the highest infant mortality rates were found in the West Midlands, which includes Burton, where there were six deaths for every 1,000 live births in the region. This was almost double the rate observed in the East of England where the rate was 3.1 deaths per 1,000 live births. The numbers are … [Read more...] about Newhall mum said rising infant deaths is ‘not good enough’
Second-hand smoking was found to have contributed to the deaths of eight children in Derbyshire last year. There were reviews into 51 child deaths across the county between April 2016 and March 2017.They show that in eight out of these 51 cases a “contributory factor” was smoking by the parent or carer of the child.Access to healthcare (seven), domestic violence (six) and smoking by the mother during pregnancy (five) were among the other causes.The most common contributory factors which were noted in the analysis of cases were acute/sudden onset illness and other chronic illnesses – with 42 and 13 incidents respectively.The figures are in the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report.The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) found that in five cases there were “modifiable factors” which could prevent other child deaths.In the report it states: “The death of any child is tragic but CDOP ensures all cases discussed are sensitively and thoroughly … [Read more...] about Derbyshire: Shocking causes of child deaths