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SIDS and Kids Victoria Newsletter 2011

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:47

Sids and Kids Victoria Newsletter 2011.pdf [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 5.8 MB]

 

Safe Sleeping Check List

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 14:16

Maternal and Child Health Nurses strongly support safe sleeping.

Launched on Red Nose Day, Friday 26 June, 2010, the Safe Sleeping Checklist was developed in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and will be utilised by the Maternal and Child Health Service to assist in the prevention of SIDS.

“This checklist will help parents take simple measures to ensure babies sleep safe and sound,” said Minister for Early Childhood Development, Ms Morand.

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(Maxine Morand, Kirsty Marshall and Leanne Raven at Launch)

Following childbirth, families will receive education on safe sleeping methods for babies by a maternal and child health nurse when they receive their first home visit.

Particularly at this first appointment families will be educated about sleeping safety for babies during their first year to reduce the risk of SIDS.

“We want to ensure parents have all the information they need at hand to assist in the reduction of sleep accidents and give them greater peace of mind,” said Ms Morand.

The key areas of safe sleeping that the checklist covers include:

·        from birth, put babies to sleep on their back and never on their tummy or side

·        be careful that your baby’s head and face stays uncovered during sleep

·        maintain a smoke-free environment around your baby before and after birth

·        provide a safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding and safe sleeping place.

Maternal and child health nurses in 79 local councils, have received  training,  and are now using the checklist. Our Health Promotion and Community Education Manager Jill Green provided the training to MCHN's and continues to support them in their practice to ensure the safe sleeping message is heard loud and clear in our community to reduce the risk of SIDS. 

Click here to download Check List

 

 

SIDS and Kids Victoria Awarded

Friday, 26 November 2010 16:19

SIDS and Kids Victoria receives award!

Congratulations to SIDS and Kids Victoria for being the recipient of the 2010 Australian Safer Communities Awards sponsored by the Australian Government Attorney- General’s Department, in conjunction with states and territories.

The project: 'To promote safe sleeping to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and sleeping accidents: workforce development within the Victorian Maternal Child Health Service'.

This project was run in partnership with the Victorian Maternal Child Health Service and was highly commended for the implementation of Safe Sleeping as a health promotion priority in policy, an evidence-based program to educate and train over 1100 Maternal Child Health nurses in Victoria, the development of the Safe Sleeping Checklist and the growth of partnership with the Victorian Maternal Child Health Service to ensure new parents are aware how to sleep their infants safely.

 

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 Special congratulations to our Manager Health Promotion and Community Education for the pivotal role she played in educating Maternal and Child Health Nurses throughout the state.

 

 

Infant Sleep Positioners

Thursday, 25 November 2010 15:51

 

Deaths prompt CPSC, FDA warning on infant sleep positioners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners. Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.

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Shared sleeping surfaces linked to high percentage of SIDS deaths

Tuesday, 08 June 2010 00:00

Studies show there is evidence that sharing a sleep surface with a baby increases the risk of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleep accidents.

An average of 46% of infants who died suddenly and unexpectedly in Australia in 2007 died while co-sleeping. Babies who are most at risk of SIDS or sleeping accidents whilst sharing a sleep surface, are babies who are less than four months of age, and babies who are born preterm or small for gestational age.

Read more: Shared sleeping surfaces linked to high percentage of SIDS deaths

 

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Study shows that Maternal Smoking May Alter the Arousal Process of Infants, Increasing Their Risk for SIDS

Wednesday, 08 April 2009 20:39

Westchester, Ill. — A study in the April 1 issue of the journal SLEEP shows that maternal smoking is associated with an impaired infant arousal process that may increase the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The authors suggest that maternal smoking has replaced stomach sleeping as the greatest modifiable risk factor for SIDS.

Read more: Study shows that Maternal Smoking May Alter the Arousal Process of Infants, Increasing Their Risk for SIDS

 

SIDS and Kids supports ABC TV's warning about 'Bringing Up Baby'

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 00:00

SIDS and Kids supports ABC TV’s decision to run a warning at the beginning of their series, ‘Bringing up Baby’.
From Thursday 26th February, until the series final, ABC TV will begin the program with the following advisory note to viewers:

Read more: SIDS and Kids supports ABC TV's warning about 'Bringing Up Baby'

 

Best Practice Guidelines in Autopsies for the Young

Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00

Best Practice guidelines for autopsies in the sudden death of the young have been developed by TRAGADY (Trans-Tasman Response AGAinst sudden Death in the Young).

It has been endorsed by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and more recently approved by the Human Genetic Society of Australasia. 

This valuable document arose from ongoing evidence of inconsistent and inadequate investigation of young sudden deaths.  It is hoped that it will lead to important beneficial changes for families whose child has died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Post-mortem in sudden unexpected death in the young: Guidelines on autopsy practice. (pdf) 

 


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