Babies who are born at Klinikum Dortmund and Klinikum Westfalen will now have a little piece of black & yellow in their lives from day one. The BVB foundation "leuchte auf" is donating 500 baby sleepsuits to each hospital, which in turn are giving them to new-borns.
There is a specific reason for the donation: baby sleepsuits help to prevent instances of cot death.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, this is the most common cause of death in the first year of life, with new-borns most vulnerable between the ages of two and four months. This risk is significantly increased for infants who are put to sleep under a blanket, because – unlike sleepsuits – blankets may stop a child from breathing properly and cause him or her to overheat.
For "leuchte auf", one of the main objectives of the donation is to help socially disadvantaged families for whom the acquisition of child-friendly everyday items presents financial difficulties. "Especially within our 'Health' pillar, it is an important concern for us to support preventative measures. We are therefore absolutely delighted to be able to provide a total of 2,000 baby sleepsuits to new parents via these clinics in Dortmund," said Marco Rühmann as he handed over the sleepsuits to the clinics.
At the beginning of the year, 1,000 new-born babies at Klinikum Dortmund were supplied with sleepsuits that "leuchte auf“ had provided as a donation.
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