A SISTER at a Doncaster hospital has had her research into the risk of cot death in car seats published by a leading babycare charity.
Michelle Clark, a neonatal unit Sister at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, was concerned about the lack of information available for parents on the safety of babies in car seats - so took up the issue herself to raise awareness.
Her work has been recognised by Bliss, a national special care baby charity, which is publishing the information on its website at www.bliss.org.uk and in its information booklet for parents.
Hilary Bond, Director of Nursing, said: “This is an excellent achievement and we are proud to have such a dedicated health professional working in the Trust.
“Michelle’s work is being published nationally, demonstrating the importance attached to her work. I encourage every parent who uses a car seat for their baby to use this information to keep their baby safe.
“It is important to inform parents, family members, and the public when new knowledge is available. Everyone who cares for a baby should be fully aware of the potential risk of car seat cot death and how to minimise it.”
Health professionals knew very little of the research about babies in car seats and the potential dangers of prolonged and bad positioning of vulnerable babies.
Michelle has spent two years researching the subject, studying the findings from various sources, including New Zealand researchers and the Foundation for Sudden Infant Death.
Car seats are designed to keep babies safe while travelling, not as a main sleeping place. But some babies spend hour after hour in car seats during a journey, are transferred via the car seat in a travel system pram, and once home allowed to continue sleeping in the car seat.