Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:30 pm, 19th March 2013

Advice on reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome has been provided since the early 1990s, when the Reduce the Risk of Cot Death campaign was introduced.  The initial leaflet focused on the sleeping position of the baby and contributed to a welcome reduction in the number of unexpected infant deaths.  To ensure that the benefits are sustained, my Department periodically updates the advice to take account of additional identified risks.  The most recent version of the leaflet was published in December 2012.  In addition, sections on reducing the risk of cot death are included in 'The Pregnancy Book' and 'Birth to Five' book, which are issued to new parents at antenatal clinics or GP surgeries.