Friday, October 4, 2013

Despite Risk, More Infants Sharing Beds, According to New Study

The number of infants who sleep in a bed with an adult or another child has doubled over the past 17 years — a troubling development given research showing that bed sharing increases an infant's risk of death from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep-related causes, such as accidental suffocation and entrapment in bedding material, says a new government-funded study.
The increase was most notable among African-American infants, according to the study reported Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.