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Singing session and flashmob mark Safer Sleep Week

Published on Thursday, March 16, 2017

CHILDREN and families in Leicester will be taking part in a lullaby singing session this week to highlight the importance of safer sleep for babies.

This week is Safer Sleep Week (13-19 March), organised by charity The Lullaby Trust to make sure parents in the UK know the importance of safer sleep and are aware of how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

To mark the week, Braunstone Children’s Centre is inviting families to don their pyjamas and learn some lullabies.

There will also be a pyjama-clad flashmob at Leicester’s Clock Tower on Saturday (18 March) at 10am, which is open to everyone.

Assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools Cllr Sarah Russell said: “Safer Sleep Week is highlighting an important issue for anyone who looks after a young baby.

“Sadly, around four babies a week still die from SIDS. That’s why it’s so important to get some simple, key messages across about what you can do to minimise the risks.”

Advice includes always placing your baby on their back to sleep and keeping your baby in a smoke-free environment during pregnancy and after birth. Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby, and don’t use loose bedding or cover your baby’s head while they are sleeping.  

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Parents can also use a secure text messaging service, ChatHealth, to get advice about their child’s health. The number to text is 07520 615381 in the city and 07520 615382 in Leicestershire and Rutland.