12th April 2017
Edgecumbe evacuees - Pepi-Pods for babies
Twenty Pepi-Pods are being made available in the Eastern Bay for
Edgecumbe families unable to return to their homes and who need a
safe space for their babies to sleep.
"We know a lot of families from Edgecumbe and the surrounding
areas will be struggling to provide their young children and babies
with their usual sleeping arrangements," said Bay of Plenty
District Health Board (BOPDHB) Safe Infant Sleep Co-ordinator,
Midwife Natasha Rawiri. "But for babies under 12 months especially,
it's really important that they have a safe place to sleep. Relying
on a makeshift bed poses risk of suffocation for babies in their
first year of life.
"Babies over the age of six months are more able to change
position and have increased mobility; this presents the older baby
with a different form of risk," said Natasha. "By their own
movements, they may get into dangerous situations due to getting
stuck underneath loose or bulky bedding and pillows or, in an
effort to free themselves, become tangled in their coverings. This
can lead to overheating or accidental suffocation."
The Pepi-Pods are a portable safe sleeping space for babies aged
up to four to six months. They are designed to provide a safe
sleeping environment for babies in a makeshift setting or away from
Natasha Rawiri says to keep babies of all ages safe during sleep
always follow the P.E.P.E. messages of:
- PLACE baby in his or her own bed, face clear of loose bedding
and NO pillows, hats, bibs and soft toys
- ELIMINATE exposure to smoking, alcohol and drug use, and have a
smokefree family, home and car
- POSITION baby flat and on the back as their drive to breathe
works best in this position
- ENCOURAGE and support mum to breastfeed to help protect
The Pepi-Pods were delivered to the Whakatane Maternity Unit on
Wednesday morning (Wednesday 12 April).
Natasha Rawiri said parents of babies under 4-6 months who
require a Pepi-Pod should contact their LMC, their local Plunket or
Tamariki Ora provider, or call Whakatane Maternity Unit directly on
(07) 306 0811 to arrange for a Pepi-Pod to be distributed.
For any other information about sleeping baby safely contact
Plunketline any time on 0800 933 922.
April 12, 2017