May 21, 2013 12:18 PM by KSBY News

Bed sharing may increase risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

New research links bed sharing to an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

A British study estimates 88 percent of all SIDS deaths that occurred while co-sleeping may have been avoided if the baby was in its own crib.

Even when neither parent smoked, and the mother didn't drink or use drugs, the risk of SIDS for bed sharing infants was five times higher than if the baby slept next to his or her parents' bed.

Bed sharing has been on the rise over the past decade and experts note that half of all SIDS cases occur when babies are in bed with their parents.



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