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Keeping your baby safe and sound this holiday

Health visitors from Solent NHS Trust in Southampton and Portsmouth would like to wish every baby in the area a safe and sound nights sleep this holiday.

Sudden and unexpected death of a baby (cot death) can be devastating and the health visitors are providing a “safe sleeping for babies “care programme supported by the Lullaby Trust which helps parents understand the risks of sudden infant death.

Health visitors would like to remind parents this holiday of ways to keep their baby safe whilst sleeping:

‘When we travel to friends and family this holiday season it can be tempting to choose to sleep with your baby on you, or to put your baby in your bed when you have been drinking alcohol. It is important to remember to act as if you were at home when you are in a different environment’ says Bernie White, lead health visitor for safe sleeping.

Things to avoid:


Things you can do:

There is still no explanation for the causes of sudden infant death, which is why it is important that parents understand the things they need to avoid and the steps they can take to ensure their baby is safe.

Please contact you’re your local Health Visiting service for more information, telephone contact numbers can be found in your Personal Child Health Record Book, or the Health Visiting management office on 023 8071 6658, more information can also be found at Ends

For more information please contact Emilia Chase, Marketing Apprentice Coordinator, Solent NHS Trust on 023 8060 8936 or email


Notes for Editors:

Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011 and specializes in providing high quality community and mental health services. We currently operate out of more than 120 sites across Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire. The Trust is working towards becoming a Foundation Trust and was recently referred to Monitor for the final stage of assessment.

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