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Health Visitor helps local mum get the right medical support for her baby

Health Visitor helps local mum get the right medical support for her baby

Local mum Joanne and her family

Local mum Joanne and her family

Local mum-of-three Joanne has shared how her Health Visitor supported her family after she noticed how unhappy her son seemed in the first few months of his life. She is encouraging other parents to use their Health Visitor more often for support.

Joanne’s son was born a year ago and she soon noticed how unsettled he seemed after being born. She explained: “I have two daughters and he is my third child, so I felt like I knew something wasn’t right. He was always really screaming and when I saw my Health Visitor, she noticed his breathing was quite labored.

“She was extremely professional and friendly, and her knowledge of child development put me at ease. I was able to discuss the concerns I had and anything I asked her was dealt with, or she directed me to further support.

“After explaining how often he cried and screamed, she advised me to seek further advice from my GP. This resulted in follow-up tests which all meant my son received the right medical help quicker. Eventually they diagnosed him with severe reflux and a cow’s milk allergy.”

Joanne’s son has since been much calmer and happier. She said: “The Health Visiting team at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) is a really valuable tool for new parents, and whether it’s your first, second, third or tenth child I would definitely advise you to speak to them if you are concerned about anything.”

Joanne is sharing this advice during Safer Sleep Week (14-20 March), a national campaign that aims to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is commonly known as cot death, where babies pass away unexpectedly and with no apparent cause. The week is organised annually by the Lullaby Trust.

Lisa Ives, Clinical Lead for the 0-19 Children’s services at the Care Trust said: “The team were delighted to be able to support Joanne through the difficult few months she had with her son. They’re a dedicated and passionate team who are there to answer any concerns new parents may have.”

“Putting a baby to sleep safely may seem like a simple task, but doing it right is essential to keep them safe and sound while they sleep. We want to reassure all new parents, both mums and dads, that if you need any advice or support with your new baby, whether it’s around sleep or something else, that we are here to help.”

The focus for the week this year is #letskeepitclear, with parents being encouraged to closely follow advice around keeping cots clear of loose bedding, cot bumpers and cuddly toys. These all increase the chance of SIDS.

To mark Safer Sleep Week, the Health Visiting team will be sharing top tips and handy guidance on their Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also contact your Health Visitor on 01274 221 223 if you have any concerns, or visit the Safer Sleep page on the Better Lives, Healthy Futures website for more guidance on putting babies to sleep safely.