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New study: Sharing bed with baby increases risk of SIDS

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A new study suggests bed sharing with a baby is a major risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep related deaths.

When it comes to sleeping, mom and pediatric nurse Allison Danks doesn't let her one month old son Cameron in the bed with her.

"We have him sleep in a bassinet. Sleeping in the bed with us wasn't going to be an option," said Danks.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows she is doing the right thing. Researchers looked at about 8,200 deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep related causes and found 70 percent were sharing a bed.

"Young infants who developmentally cannot move their head or move away were more likely to be unable to protect themselves when an adult they were sharing a bed with rolled over into them or a body part came over their face," said Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, Children's Mercy Hospital.

Findings also show older babies were more likely to die rolling over onto blankets or pillows that suffocated them. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies are put to sleep on their backs to lower the risk of SIDS.

Pediatrician Elissa Rubin says it’s important for infants to learn to sleep on their own and be comfortable in their own space.

"Get a bassinet that is close to the bed so you can touch and feel the baby and have the closeness that is instinctive that we need to feel as parents but not in harm’s way," said Dr. Elissa Rubin, Happy and Healthy Pediatrics.

Danks says it worked for both her boys.

"You can still see them and touch them they are just physically not with you," said Danks.

She plans to move Cameron to his crib when he's three months old, just like his older brother.

A third of the babies who died in the study were placed to sleep on their sides or stomach.


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