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Cot Death Association (NZ)

OUR ASSOCIATION

The New Zealand Cot Death Association is a division of the Child Health Research Foundation and was formed in 1979 to investigate the causes of Cot Death.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To spread information about cot death and lessen its risk
  • To help parents who have lost a child to cot death
  • To fund research that investigates the causes and prevention of cot death
  • To support/fund initiatives that support/benefit the care and comfort of SIDS parents.

WHAT IS COT DEATH

Also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby, the reason for which is not fully explained even after a thorough post mortem examination. It is the most common cause of death in babies aged between one week and one year. It is thought to happen when a baby is asleep and simply stops breathing. It causes the deaths of about 60 babies in New Zealand every year.

LOWER YOUR BABY'S RISK

  • Put your baby to sleep on its back
  • Don't smoke in pregnancy or around the baby
  • Breast feed your baby
  • Put your baby to sleep in its own bed
  • Keep baby's face clear of all bedding

CONTACT DETAILS

New Zealand Cot Death Association
Level 1, 20 Minnie Street,
Eden Terrace
Auckland
PO Box 90 907
Auckland
phone 09 355 1488
fax 09 355 1489
email nzcda@childhealth.org.nz
website www.curekids.org.nz

This information has been supplied and approved by the New Zealand Cot Death Association and is copyright protected. The content and design of this page must not be reproduced electronically or in print without the written permission of UBM Medica (NZ) Ltd.

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