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When the Infant Sleeps with Parents, Sudden Death Risks Go Up

Post On 05-24-2013

Multiple news agencies have been covering the many risks that infants are exposed to by sleeping with parents. When it comes to a newborn, following certain expert recommendations could help you to ensure your child’s sleeping environment is safe.

Recently, the consumer products watchdog Consumer Reports published a report indicating that newborns are more likely to suffer from the sudden death syndrome when sleeping in the same bed as their parents.

The report was based on a study that was carried out by a British medical journal. According to the research, at least 1,472 cases of sudden infant death syndrome were studied. A great number of babies who suffered the syndrome were considered to be at low risk because the parents didn’t smoke, drink or do any other types of drugs. According to the official study results, 81 percent of all the cases of SIDS deaths occurred because the babies were sleeping in the same bed as their parents.

Researchers looked into the cases that involved mostly babies that were under 3-months-old.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged parents to avoid having their babies sharing their beds for the past 20 years. Infants are safer if they sleep in their own bed, according to the recommendation. This study shows that since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of certain drop-side models or the resale of old models of cribs, the number of deaths among infants has dropped.

Parents are urged to place their infant on a firm mattress. Having the baby sleep on his back and with a fitted sheet without the obstruction of any stuffed animals or blankets can help to ensure the baby is safe. The baby can share the room with his or her parents but sharing the bed could be a problem.

Whenever you’re looking into purchasing a new crib for your newborn or future child, make sure to verify if the model you’re interested in purchasing was tested by the Consumer Reports and other consumer protection agencies in order to learn more about how safe the device is and how reliable the brand is.

Follow recall news as well and make sure to stop using any recalled products that could pose an injury risk to your child or loved ones. Never ignore a recall announcement since many incidents occur because consumers continue to use recalled or defective products.

For more tips on how to maintain your baby safe, follow this link for the full article.