Cairns Private Hospital goes silly for a serious cause
Aug 12, 2020
Doctors and staff at Cairns Private Hospital Maternity Unit will be sporting big, bright red noses this Friday to mark Red Nose Day.
Held annually since 1988, Red Nose Day has helped save the lives of more than 10,000 Australian babies and children, by teaching parents safe sleeping techniques.
However sadly, nine Australian children still die suddenly and unexpectedly every day.
Cairns Private Hospital paediatrician Dr Tim Warnock said while incredible strides had been made in reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), parents cannot be complacent.
“This is an opportunity to continue to educate parents on safe sleeping habits for their children and that’s why, even 30 years on, Red Nose Day is still so important,” Dr Warnock said.
“The Back to Sleep message is crucial for all parents because when the numbers go down everybody thinks there isn’t an issue, but children are still dying from SIDS every day”.
Dr Warnock said many cases of SIDS occurred when exhausted parents co-sleep with their babies in a desperate attempt to get more sleep.
“The message is clear, don’t do it. Don’t resort to it because unfortunately it becomes the quick fix and in many cases the quick fix will be safe and without complications, but there will be those that end in disaster,” Dr Warnock said.
“Cairns Private Hospital is proud to support Red Nose Day because we need to make sure the safe sleeping message gets out there.”
Red Nose is Australia’s leading authority on safe sleep and safe pregnancy, and bereavement support for families affected by the death a child.
Money raised from Red Nose Day helps to provide safe sleeping education, research and bereavement support services.
This year, Red Nose Day will be held on Friday 14 August.