Jun 28
Red noses out in force for sids and kids awareness

A giant walking red nose will welcome visitors to the Orange Health Service this Friday, 29 June 2012 as part of Red Nose Day activities.

It’s the 25th anniversary of the annual fundraising event for the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and Kids organisation which is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood as well as supporting bereaved families who have experienced the death of a baby or child.

Each year the organisation receives thousands of queries through its support and counselling line.

Orange Health Service Social Worker, Sandra Wicks, said Red Nose Day has become a highly anticipated event.

“It’s all about being silly for a serious cause, and raising awareness of the programs like the SIDS Safe Sleeping concept which can save the lives of so many babies.

“I will be in the foyer of the Orange Health Service to help spread this important message and demonstrate the safest way to put a baby to sleep.” Ms Wicks said.

As part of the display a cot will be set up in the foyer of the health service demonstrating a safe sleeping environment.

The SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program recommends:
• Sleep your baby on their back from birth, not on their tummy or side
• Sleep your baby with their head and face uncovered
• Keep your baby smoke free before birth and after
• Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
• Sleep your baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months
• Breastfeed your baby if you can

More information on this is available at www.sidsandkids.org.