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Babies and Children - Important Safety Messages

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Important Safeguarding Message
Please watch this important message about Safeguarding - We are asking you to be brave, to speak up on behalf of a child, or
an adult who may be at risk: https://youtu.be/NwSD4pY-Cok 

Babies and Children - Face Mask Information
Babies and Toddler under the age of 3 years should not wear face coverings, as there is a serious risk of choking and suffocation.  Children under the age of 11 years are not required to wear a face covering. 

How to calm a crying baby
All babes cry, some more than others.  It is their way of telling you that they need comfort and care.  Here are some ways you can sooth your baby:

  • Play gentle noise in the background - plays for white noise, rain or nature sounds
  • Stroke your babies back firmly and rhythmically
  • Massage your baby
  • Try a warm bath
  • Rock your baby backwards and forwards in their pram
  • Take your baby for a walk
  • Ask your health visitor for advice

The NHS website has lots of useful top tips: NHS - Soothing a crying baby. No matter how stressed or frustrated you feel, you must never shake your baby.

ICON Infant crying information leaflet

Please watch this video to understand how you can support parents and carers to cope with a crying baby: https://youtu.be/gyQPzIxyTSA 

Handle with Care - A Guide to keeping your baby safe

The NSPCC has published a guide on how to stay calm, handle your baby and cope with crying,  This guide includes useful links for the support on offer to families with young babies.  You don't have to go through it alone.  Link to the Handle with Care Guide: Handle with Care - A Guide to keeping your baby safe

Safer Sleeping for Babies

Berkshire West CCG produced the following video because each year children and babies in the UK die or sustain life changing injuries that could possibly have been prevented. The video is called Lift the Baby and is aimed at promoting safer sleeping in younger babies.  More than 130 babies die in the UK every year in hazardous sleeping circumstances. For example: where a parent or carer falls asleep whilst holding the baby, this places the child at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Lift the Baby: https://liftthebaby.org.uk/

Coronavirus and caring for your baby

The Lullaby Trust have put together the latest advice on coronavirus for if you are pregnant or have a young child - Coronavirus and caring for your baby

Advice for parents during Coronavirus

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help: Traffic Light Tool for Parents

Coronavirus - Keeping Children Safe from Abuse

Advice to help you spot the signs of abuse and what to do if you're worried about a child - Coronavirus - Keeping Children Safe

Open Windows

  • Always supervise young children, and keep windows locked when children are near.
  • If opening a window, make sure a child can't reach it.
  • Teach your child to stay away from windows and patio doors.
  • Don't keep furniture near a window that a child could climb on.
  • A screen will not prevent a child from falling out a window

Window safety video link: Window Safety for Children

Water Safety

This short video highlights the risks of leaving babies and infants unsupervised near water or open windows, particularly when parents and carers get distracted.  Water Safety Link: Water Safety


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Parents and Carers

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child, you should report your concerns to your local authority. Please click on your local authority link below to be directed to the correct page.

Call 999 in an emergency if you believe a child is in immediate danger

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