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Cot death falling but young mums still at risk

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We had some good news earlier this week: the latest stats show that the number of cot deaths has fallen slightly. Figures fell from 320 cases in 2009 to 287 in 2010.

However certain areas of the country, such as the North West and Wales, still have fairly high rates. Mums under 20 are also 3.4 times more likely to have a cot death than older parents. Read more

Cot death is very rare but you can reduce the risk even further by following our bubbalicious advice:

• Place your baby on their back to sleep (and not on the front or side)
• Cut smoking in pregnancy — dads too! And don’t let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or cot in a room with you for the first six months
• Do not let your baby get too hot, and keep your baby’s head uncovered
• Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair

• It’s dangerous for your baby to sleep in your bed if you (or your partner):
  o are a smoker (even if you never smoke in bed or at home)
  o have been drinking alcohol
  o take medication or drugs that make you drowsy
  o feel very tired
  o if your baby was premature (born before 37 weeks)
  o if your baby was low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 51/2lb)
  o if your baby is less than 4 months old.

• Settling your baby to sleep (day and night) with a dummy can reduce the risk of cot death, even if the dummy falls out while your baby is asleep.
• Breastfeed your baby. Establish breastfeeding before starting to use a dummy.



  • i am worried about this mostly

    by Lisa-Adams 15 January 2015

  • Age doesn't matter, its the amount of resources out there to let us parents know the risks.

    by GucciLove 27 July 2014

  • Why is it higher for young mums? Age shouldnt matter...

    by laureninwood 17 November 2013

  • Cot death is horrible, hopefully they find out what causes it in the near future to help prevent it!

    by Diddyxx 9 August 2013

  • Got to say this is a scary thing to cope with, we look after and nuture our babies for 9 months and then when they are here we have loads more stuff to worry about!! ♥

    by MamToBeAt17 9 August 2013

  • The age of a mother doesnt matter, the age of a mother doesnt increase or decrease the risk of cot death. In my opinion anyway, made up its decreasing though!

    by abeddow0311 22 May 2013

  • It's so good to hear that cot death is decreasing a lot! it's such a horrible scary thought, you never think it will happen to you x

    by sammie_ 16 May 2013

  • Awwwwww this scares me so much, my heart goes out to any child thats been affected

    by tasha1122 16 May 2013

  • I am so worried about this and my baby isn't even here yet! my heart goes out to anyone effected by it, such a sad thing! xx

  • Thanks for this advice x My heart goes out to those parents who have lost their baby to cot death, such a horrible thing!

    by 5 April 2013

  • Even though it reducing, people still need to take all the precautions! My baby is on the CONI scheme and has a special breathing monitor as we have lost a baby in our family to cot death :( PLEASE follow the advice of FSID, it's awful to experience it!!

    by babyem 3 April 2013

  • This is a scary topic to even discus and I live in Wales :( Something like Cot Death was always at the back of my mind checking both my children several times in the night. And still do tot his day.

    by FitMumCoach 1 April 2013

  • this topic and idea scares me so much but so glad it has been reduced xx

    by NatzG 29 March 2013

  • so glad it is ruduced xxx

    by JoannaLH93 6 March 2013

  • Cot death can happen to anyone :( which is the scary thing.

    by AmberMalkov 5 March 2013

  • the thought of this terrifies me as im under twenty. im so thankful no one smokes in my house atleast the risk is reduced a bit..

    by XxAmyGrayxX 4 March 2013

  • a parents worst night mare, ive knew a few children who have gone to the angels cause of this, my son is 11 weeks and the amount of times i wake in the night to see hs ok is unreal, i never was like that with my other 2, things are being brought to light more now, cot death used to bbe a taboo subject but glad its now being talked about more, makes people more aware x

    by LDHC22 30 January 2013

  • The thought of cot-death scares me unbelievable amounts and my baby wont be here for another 7 months...

    by amypatriciaa 27 January 2013

  • Thank you so much!

    by iJessicaify 21 January 2013

  • Thank you so much!

    by iJessicaify 21 January 2013

  • This is one thing that always petrified me and still does and my son is 15 months... xx

    by MummyEbs 20 January 2013

  • The words cot death frighten me to death! I hate that just doing the simpliest things could cause cot death!!

    by courtz_32_ 19 January 2013

  • I never get how they say young parents ARE at risk of cot death.... Is it them stereotyping young mums again :/ xx

    by Bubbles2013 18 January 2013

  • I hate thinking about things like this :( I'm already worried about everything.... i've baby proofed my living room about 10 times moving furniture and all the electrical's each time. Have already put up baby gates in most the door ways and put childlocks on everything! So to think theres something that potentially i can't do anything about is such a horrible thought!! We found a baby monitor that traces the baby's movement and its a camera so think by the end of the month we'll have that set up ready 2!! Still feel helpless tho :/ Hate knowing things like this happen :/ We nearly lost my sister to cot death and my mum only saved her due to gut feeling that something wasn't right! And that was my mums 3rd child :/ So trying reduce the chances as much as possible... and trying stay positive... and not worry.... difficult!

    by adeley12 2 January 2013

  • My heart goes out to everyone that has lost a child due to cot death. I will ensure I do everything to prevent this. it's so scary to think about this :( xx

    by Bubbles2013 1 January 2013

  • how can they tell its more common in young parents thats quite a bold statement but as long as your aware and do your best to prevent it then it should be ok i mean what else can you do

    by skyla 4 December 2012

  • I think as long as you are aware of what you can do to reduce the risk of cot death and you put all of these into practice then you have no need to worry.. it does happen, but it happens mostly in babies that are put into situations which are risky, such as, not having the right bedding, putting them into sleep in your bed etc. There is no point worrying yourself over something that might not happen, as long as you do everything you can to prevent it :)

    by Emmj93 1 December 2012

  • This scares me so much, when my nephew used to sleep over I would always have to check that he was still breathing I was that paranoid! God knows what |'m going to be like when my girl arrives! xxx

    by elouuk 1 December 2012

  • How come its more common in younger parents?

    by 20 November 2012

  • You can get a baby movement sensor pad that alerts you if no movement has been detected for 20 seconds so you can revive baby.

    by haley_kobu 17 November 2012

  • even though its dropping its still scary.. and i read about this on the bbc website too and they just made t sound like young mums were more at risk because they're young and wont take the safety precautions seriously which i find pretty insulting really..

    by evel565 7 November 2012

  • worried now :/

    by teenmummy2be 4 November 2012

  • so worried :(

    by Georgia_xxx 30 October 2012

  • Thats so scary :/

    by Cherry_Tree 27 October 2012

  • Its really worrying when you see things like this, and a lot of people think it won't happen too them, but it cand it does!

    by meganmummy14 26 October 2012

  • This is a scary thought :(xx

    by chelsea1994 15 October 2012

  • This is so worrying!

    by Lolo123 9 October 2012

  • They say that premature births are more likely with young mums too - whats the difference?

    by jodiieboo-x 9 October 2012

  • Hi @Mummytobe16 and @JLFx3 - do check out FSID's info on cot death and younger parents If you'd like any more info then please do email call our free Helpline (it is even free for mobiles) on 0808 802 6868.

    by bubbalicious 5 October 2012

  • Why Is It More Risky If Your A Young Parent ?>

    by Mummytobe16 4 October 2012

  • i dont understand why cot death is morenlikely in younger parents? its the same risk & chances.for everyobe just more.chance of it happening when smoke during pregnancy etc..

    by JLFx3 21 September 2012

  • When my little girl was a few months old , she was sleeping and I noticed that she is not breathing so I got scared and picked her up and she was not breathing not moving so i shook her gently and tears started coming out of my eyes and I thought i lost her !!! But in seconds she returned to normal and was breathing again.I then run to the store to buy the Angle mat that detects breathing and if the baby doesnt breathe for 20s it starts an alarm.It really helped me a lot

    by Silver 7 September 2012

  • As cot death cant be prevented.. It makes this topic even more scary and its every mums worst nightmare.

    by mummylauren 30 August 2012

  • we live in the north west, i read this on the bbc aswell, never been so scared :S

    by Cherii 24 August 2012

  • Cot death is a scary thought... it can happen to anyone at anytime. Least it's dropping now

    by honeybaby 24 August 2012