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New guide to safe sleeping for babies supported by Highland MSP

By Alan Hendry

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Labour MSP David Stewart with his wife Linda.
Labour MSP David Stewart with his wife Linda.

North politician David Stewart and his wife Linda are supporting a new guide on safe sleeping for babies.

Back to Basics, Back to Baby – a resource for families as well as healthcare and childcare professionals – was launched this week by Safe Sleep Scotland, run by the Scottish Cot Death Trust.

Mr Stewart, a Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, is one of the charity's trustees. He and Linda lost their youngest son, eight-month-old Liam, to cot death in 1991 and were helped by the trust.

As well as supporting families affected by sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), the trust educates them about the risk factors. The aim is to allow parents and carers across the UK to be fully informed so that they can make their own decisions to reduce the risks.

The resource comes with a bendable tube which replicates a baby’s airway. This allows parents and carers to appreciate how fragile babies' airways are, reinforcing the importance of the Safe Sleep message.

Mr Stewart said: "Losing a young baby is one of the greatest traumas that parents can ever face.

“The trust’s new guide will be a valuable resource for all would-be parents, parents, carers and professionals.

“The hard copy resource is supplemented by the Safe Sleep Scotland website and an easy-to-follow video which I am sure will be of benefit to all those who care for babies and young children.

“As many people as possible should be educated about safe sleeping in the hope that we can prevent many of these tragedies.”

More information can be found here.

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