Safe sleep for your baby - reduce the risk of cot death:
Always lay your baby on their back when putting them down for sleep.
Their feet should touch the end of the cot to prevent them from wriggling down under their blanket.
Your baby should lie on their back every time they are put to sleep during the day and night.
For more information about cot death and safe sleep, visit mychild.ie
You can find tips and advice about pregnancy, babies and young children at mychild.ie
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Why do we need this site?
Children are naturally curious. They explore the world around them. But everywhere, particularly in the comfort of their own home, there are dangers - both obvious and hidden. This site aims to support parents and all who care for children by highlighting many of these dangers and giving valuable tips on how to help keep children safe in and around their home.
*The words we use in the Child Safety Programme
- "Accident" implies an unpredictable and, therefore, unavoidable event.
- However, we know that most childhood injuries, and the events leading to them, are predictable and preventable.
- This is why the Child Safety Programme favours the use of the term "unintentional injury".
About this site
This child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health - Midlands to support the Child Safety Programme (CSP).
More detailed information and further topics will be added over time. The information points on these webpages are neither complete or exhaustive - they are intended as prompts to raise consciousness of child safety. If you have a concern that is not covered here, please contact the public health nurse at your local health centre.
Information changes over time - in line with emerging issues and guidance and also in response to queries from health professionals and parents/guardians and others who care for children.
When using information or resources contained here, please acknowledge the source.
Through this website you are able to link to sites outside of the HSE. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites.
Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented
Remember the key message where child safety is concerned
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger
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