Shock at East Lancs cot-death statistics

Shock at East Lancs cot-death statistics

Shock at East Lancs cot-death statistics

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

East Lancashire has some of the highest rates of cot death in England.

Rossendale had the fifth highest number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – with eight deaths between 2004 and 2012.

This is rate of 1.06 cases per 1,000 live births, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

There were also eight deaths in both Hyndburn (0.78 per 1,000) and Pendle (0.69) – the 20th and 32nd highest rates respectively.

The Lullaby Trust said it was crucial to ensure young families were given ‘safer sleep’ advice – adding that the varying rates could simply come down to differing access to information from GPs and midwives.

The national data also showed babies born outside of marriage, and registered by the mother only, were far more likely to die of SIDS.

Francine Bates, chief executive of the Lullaby Trust, said: “We know we can save lives by advising parents on the safer sleep basics – such as placing a baby on its back to sleep, temperature control and keeping a baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.”

Jane Booth – chair of the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board which promotes the Safer Sleep for Baby campaign – said: “The heartbreak involved in losing a baby is unimaginable and we want local figures down as much as we can.”

Seven cot deaths were recorded in Burnley, 12 in Blackburn with Darwen and just two in the Ribble Valley.

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5:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

jaffa90 says...

I never laid any of our 3 babies on their backs in the cot, they were propped on their sides with a pillow and turned the other side over at 10 pm (4 hours later), just in case they were sick, also the same as the recovery position. Also they were never fed at 10pm.
I never laid any of our 3 babies on their backs in the cot, they were propped on their sides with a pillow and turned the other side over at 10 pm (4 hours later), just in case they were sick, also the same as the recovery position. Also they were never fed at 10pm. jaffa90
  • Score: -10

11:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

jaffa90 says...

You may leave a negative score but what`s your conclusion?
You may leave a negative score but what`s your conclusion? jaffa90
  • Score: -5

6:53am Sat 23 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

jaffa90 wrote:
You may leave a negative score but what`s your conclusion?
That you are looking in the wrong place to be seeking a medal for your perfection?
[quote][p][bold]jaffa90[/bold] wrote: You may leave a negative score but what`s your conclusion?[/p][/quote]That you are looking in the wrong place to be seeking a medal for your perfection? Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 6

9:51am Sat 23 Aug 14

JayEss says...

jaffa90 wrote:
You may leave a negative score but what`s your conclusion?
That you don't understand how risk levels work.
Just because something didn't lead to any harm doesn't mean it was the least risky course of action.
The advice is there because putting babies to sleep on their back is proven to lower the risk of SID the most, it doesn't mean that basis who sleep on their front or side will all die, just that the risk of SID is higher.
[quote][p][bold]jaffa90[/bold] wrote: You may leave a negative score but what`s your conclusion?[/p][/quote]That you don't understand how risk levels work. Just because something didn't lead to any harm doesn't mean it was the least risky course of action. The advice is there because putting babies to sleep on their back is proven to lower the risk of SID the most, it doesn't mean that basis who sleep on their front or side will all die, just that the risk of SID is higher. JayEss
  • Score: 4

12:59am Sun 24 Aug 14

jaffa90 says...

I disagree, I`ve woken up choking/coughing on acid reflux (supper again) on my back.
Also people have choked to death on their vomit when p*ssed.
I disagree, I`ve woken up choking/coughing on acid reflux (supper again) on my back. Also people have choked to death on their vomit when p*ssed. jaffa90
  • Score: -2
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