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August 14 is the day when thousands of people from all communities across Australia get silly for a serious cause.

Organised by Red Nose Australia, Red Nose Day raises funds to stop deaths caused by stillbirth, SIDS and sleeping accidents, while making sure that grieving families get the support they need.

Approximately 3000 infant deaths still occur across Australia each year, including in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

To help prevent these avoidable deaths, Red Nose offers resources on Safe Sleeping translated into 11 languages, as well as other resources on Safe Wrapping, Tummy Time and Cot to Bed Safety translated into four languages.

A great resource for families is the recently produced Sharing a Sleep Surface guide, which looks into Co-sleeping.

Red Nose offers free bereavement services for anyone who has lost a baby or child aged up to 18 years. If you or anyone you know has experienced the loss of a child, or a baby during pregnancy, please contact Red Nose Grief and Loss on 1300 308 307, available 24 hours a day.

See the Red Nose Australia website for resources and support.

You can help support the cause by taking part in the Red Nose Day digital funding appeal.

Page reviewed 20 October 2020