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Yorkshire and The Humber has highest number of sudden infant deaths

Yorkshire and The Humber has the highest number of sudden infant deaths in the UK, according to figures from 2015 released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates reached a new record low for England and Wales with the rate of 0.30 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 dropping to 0.27 deaths in 2015.

However, the rate in Yorkshire and the Humber showed a small decrease from a rate of 0.48 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 but remains much higher than the rest of the country with a 2015 rate of 0.42.

The Lullaby Trust, an SIDS charity, says that more action needs to be taken by local authorities and health professionals in the region to tackle the worryingly high rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

“We are deeply concerned to see that SIDS rates remain higher in Yorkshire and the Humber despite the rate for England and Wales being the lowest on record. The decrease in SIDS deaths has been largely attributed to increased awareness of safer sleep advice so it is essential that this remains a top priority for all professionals working with families. While it is not known what is causing the high rates in Yorkshire and the Humber it is vitally important that local authorities and health professionals work together to ensure families are made aware of the steps they can take to help protect their babies from SIDS.”

– Francine Bates, Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust

Advice on safer sleep can be found at https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/.