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Keeping babies safe


We want to keep children safe and pass on key information that allows everyone to understand and act early to prevent harm.

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Recently, there have been separate rises in incidences of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies across the country.  We want to make sure that everyone is aware of the guidance, help and support to cope with a crying baby and ensure safer sleeping for infants.

ICON has been specifically designed to help parents and carers cope with crying baby, while The Lullaby Trust offer expert guidance on how to ensure safe sleeping for your baby.

Comforting crying babies

Did you know it’s completely normal for babies to cry A LOT?

Because their brains have yet to develop the circuits that allow for self-control and understanding, babies are hardwired to cry whenever they need a parent to help them out. And some babies might cry a lot, which may be distressing and stressful to parent/carers and child alike. But however stressful it is, please remember that it is never okay to shake a baby. Crying is completely normal, and there are ways that will help you cope.

ICON provides guidance on what to expect, how to cope and what you can do. ICON stands for:

I – Infant crying is normal

C – Comforting methods can help

O – It’s OK to walk away

N – Never, ever shake a baby

A poster explaining the ICON programme

More information about ICON is available from the following sources:

Safer infant sleeping

Did you know that that risk of sudden infant death syndrome is 50 times higher for babies when they co-sleep with an adult in particular on a sofa or armchair? This increases further when their parents are takings some forms medication or under the influence of alcohol.

Every year over 500 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly, and over half of those deaths remain unexplained. While it is not always known what causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), we do know that there are some simple steps parents can take to reduce the risk of it happening.

The Lullaby Trust work hard to raise awareness of SIDS and aim to make sure that all parents receive up to date and scientifically-proven advice on how they can keep their baby as safe as possible.

You can find out more information about safe sleep on their website.


Additional information, resources and support is available on the Devon Health Visiting website.


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