Your baby's risk of cot death increases with every cigarette you smoke. The more smokers in your home, the higher your baby's risk.

Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home, car or around your baby. When you go out, don't bring your baby into smoky places.

Bed-sharing and smoking

If you or your partner smoke, you should not share a bed with your baby. This greatly increases the risk of cot death. It doesn't matter where you smoke or if you never smoke in bed.

Getting help to quit

Contact the HSE's QUIT team for help in giving up smoking. QUIT provides free advice and support for people who want to quit smoking. This is non-judgmental.

QUIT’s smoking cessation practitioners are available by phone, Facebook, LIVE chat or Freetext. You can also sign up for a daily email or SMS support.

HSE's QUIT team

Freephone 1800 201 203
Freetext QUIT to 50100
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Smoking during pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy greatly increases your baby's risk of cot death. If you smoke during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to be born prematurely or have a low birth weight.

Babies who are premature and have a low birth weight have a higher risk of cot death.

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Page last reviewed: 14 November 2018
Next review due: 14 November 2021