PARENTS are being reminded to follow safe sleep advice this Christmas.

Barnsley Council has made the reminder, even if you are very tired or have a change to your routine this festive period.

Practising safe sleep can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

SIDS, or cot death, is unexplained death of an infant.

While unexplained, there are many factors that can contribute to SIDS and one of these is a baby sleeping in a bed with too many blankets or pillows.

Sleeping in a bed with the parents is a significant factor in SIDS, and the practise of safe sleep ensures that your baby has its own space to sleep in at night.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: "If you or your partner have drunk alcohol or taken drugs, including medications that make you drowsy, never share a bed with your baby."

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