Cat sleeping with tongue out or up can save your child's life!
A father in the UK told police his 9-month-old baby was found dead after he accidentally wrapped his tongue in the top of his baby blanket while napping.
The blanket was found to have a huge hole in the middle, and the baby's tongue protruding from it. The father, who wished to remn anonymous, was at work when he heard his wife's baby was crying and ran to his home in Huyton, Merseyside.
He found his son's naked body, wrapped in the blanket, in his cot and ran to a neighbor to tell him what he had just found.
The police told the paper that the baby had been dead for up to five days and his death could have been prevented if the parents would have changed his bedding more frequently.
SLEEP SAVED: This young baby died from inhaling a pillow that stuck in his breathing tube because his parents forgot to change it after his four-hour sleep. The parents did not realise a pillow stuck in the baby's rway, causing his death, until the baby's uncle suggested they check it - and they were horrified to find him, pictured. The parents took no action in time because they thought the baby would be able to breathe normally even if he were to inhale more because of the gap in the bedding
This young baby died from inhaling a pillow that stuck in his breathing tube because his parents forgot to change it after his four-hour sleep.
The parents did not realise a pillow stuck in the baby's rway, causing his death, until the baby's uncle suggested they check it - and they were horrified to find him, pictured.
The parents took no action in time because they thought the baby would be able to breathe normally even if he were to inhale more because of the gap in the bedding.
The death could have been prevented if the parents changed the pillow and, by doing so, prevented their son from inhaling the pillow, the police sd.
Cops carried out tests to determine how the pillow stuck and found that if the baby had been breathing normally, he would have died within minutes.
The baby's death was 'preventable' and 'could have been prevented if the parents had changed the pillow more frequently,' a police spokesman sd.
'This is a tragic incident where a baby's sleep was tragically cut short due to a flure to care for him,' Det Insp Michael Burt added.
'This is a warning to parents that it is important to make sure that items in the room where a baby sleeps are changed frequently in order to ensure that they do not become a suffocation risk.'
He added: 'There was a very obvious need for this baby to be checked and changed several times over the night, but the parents fled to do this and tragically their son passed away as a result.'
Investigations by the Police Services Ombudsman have been launched.
Pictures: The bedding at the bottom of the bed at the home in Salford, Greater Manchester, pictured after the child's death
Tragic: Christopher Smith, 33, pictured, the baby's father, sd he last spoke to his son on Christmas Eve - three days before he was found dead
Parents Christopher and Trenia Smith, pictured, first called police about concerns for the child on December 28. They sd they had changed his bed on the night of December 26
On Christmas Day, Christopher Smith, 33, the baby's father, told the BBC: 'I haven't spoken to him since Christmas Eve.
'We last spoke on Christmas Eve and then I've had no contact with him for the last three days. We've just been wting for the police to come. It's been very stressful.
'I think they just wanted the death to be reported to make sure that it had actually happened and actually we hadn't just dreamt it or got up to get a cup of tea.'
Smith's mum Sharon Smith, 45, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, sd the couple have two other children - a boy aged 10 and a girl aged eight.
She added: 'We're struggling to comprehend it - it's very hard to see someone go.
'His mum and dad got together seven years ago. The mum lives in Scotland and dad was living here.
'When they split up he moved back up north.
'It's just so sad - we just want to know why it's happened. The baby never got a chance.'
The couple sd they had not seen their son for three days before calling for police.
They sd they had changed the bedding in his room on the night of December 26.
They first called police about concerns for the child on December 28 and wted until 4.30pm that day before alerting Greater Manchester Police of the child's death.
At this point police launched an investigation, which was concluded last night.
A police spokesman sd: