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Sharing a Bed With Newborn Baby Increases Risk of Cot Death Significantly

by Kathy Jones on May 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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 Sharing a Bed With Newborn Baby Increases Risk of Cot Death Significantly

New research published in the journal BMJ Open says that sharing a bead with a newborn baby heightens the risk of cot death significantly.

Prof Bob Carpenter, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, conducted an analysis involving 1,500 cot deaths and compared it with almost 4,500 controls. The analysis found that in a fifth of the cot deaths, one or both parents had slept with their baby at the time of death.

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Even in babies who had no other risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) apart from sharing their bed with parents, 81% of the deaths in infants under the age of 3 months could have been prevented by avoiding bed sharing, the analysis said.

Currently, the US and the Netherlands recommend that parents should not share a bed with babies for the first three months of their lives, but in the UK, it is recommended that parents decide on sharing a bed with their babies.

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