As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, the Barnsley Gazette and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is calling for greater awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after new figures showed a rise in the number of tragedies in Yorkshire and Humberside.
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, while the overall SIDS rates for England and Wales showed a 17% decline since 2013, the rates in Yorkshire and the Humber have increased by 38% and are higher than the national average.
Michael joined the baby charity in urging local authorities to ensure health professionals in Barnsley and across Yorkshire receive the training and support they need to deliver safer sleep messages to all families.
As part of the Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week, the charity commissioned a survey that found over 53% of parents in Yorkshire and the Humber were unsure of one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS: putting a baby on its back for every sleep. Evidence shows that babies who are slept on their back for every sleep are six times less likely to die from SIDS than those who sleep on their front or side.
Commenting, Michael said:
“The results of this survey by the Lullaby Trust show we still need to do more to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and make sure parents get good advice.
“We should recognise the important role of health professionals and family workers who offer advice on how to sleep their baby safely and the need to ensure they get training and support to continue their vital work.”
You can read Michael's full comments on SIDS and the Lullaby Trust's Sleep Safer Week here.