Information for Parents

Choking and suffocation risk to babies from nappy sacks

At least 16 baby deaths in England and Wales have happened due to nappy sacks - thin plastic bags used to dispose of soiled nappies. Children can easily suffocate or choke on this item if it is left in their reach as they naturally grasp anything and put it in their mouths, but they find it more difficult to let go.
Our tips
·  Always keep nappy sacks and other plastic bags or wrapping away from babies and young children
·  Never place nappy sacks in a baby's cot or pram
·  Buy nappy sacks on a roll if possible
Sofas, settees and parents beds are not safe for sleeping babies
Over the last year North of Tyne we have had 3 babies or children within the area have died in circumstances involving co-sleeping.

This 'Safe Sleep' poster campaign has been developed to ensure the message can be shared via a poster format across Northumberland.

Please download the poster and put copies up where parents and people with young babies may attend.

Key Messages

1. Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth.
2.  Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep - never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair.
3. Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.
4. Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.
5. Keep baby's head and face uncovered and make sure they don't get too hot.
6. Breastfeed your baby - support is available if you need it.