Francine Bates, Louisa Mullan
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 1, Iss. 10, 15 Oct 2013, pp 567 - 573

Every year in the UK, around 300 apparently healthy babies will die suddenly and unexpectedly (Office for National Statistics, 2013). Although it is still not known how to prevent these deaths, there are practical steps that parents can take to reduce their baby's risk. Health visitors play a pivotal role in the delivery of 'safer sleep' advice to new parents. Families bereaved through sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are often left feeling isolated and searching for answers; specialist services can provide the necessary and appropriate support at this time. This article gives an overview of evidence-based recommendations that can help to save more lives, and looks at the health visitor's role in supporting parents who have lost a child.

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