Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (also known as Cot death) describes the death during sleep of an otherwise healthy infant under 12 months of age, where no other cause of death can be established.
It is most common in babies aged between 2 and 4 months old, although it can also occur in older babies.
Cot death does not only happen in cots, it can happen in a car seat, a pram or anywhere a baby is resting.
The exact cause of SIDS is not known but research has shown there are ways to reduce the risk of it happening.
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death in sleep
- Place your baby to sleep on its back
- Do not allow anyone to smoke near your baby
- Do not let your baby overheat
- Do not bring your baby into your bed to sleep
- Keep your baby’s head uncovered
- If your baby is unwell seek medical advice immediately