One out of two cases of sudden infant death syndrome in Victoria was attributed to co-sleeping or adults sharing the bed with infants.
Statistics showed that 33 of the 72 cases of sudden infant deaths happened when a child shared the bed with an adult.
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While some studies point to an elevated risk of SIDS from co-sleeping with infants, there are other studies which have given a clean chit.
To understand the risks of co-sleeping with infants, researchers will look into factors like suffocation, excessive body heat and its influence on SIDS.