23 May 2013 | Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee
This article from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) seeks to resolve uncertainty as to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) associated with sleeping in bed with your baby if neither parent smokes and the baby is breastfed.
Despite the marked reduction in SIDS following the advice to place babies to sleep on their back (supine), SIDS remains the major cause of infant death in the postneonatal period (28 days through to the first birthday) in high income countries. For instance, in the USA, SIDS remains the leading cause of postneonatal mortality where 2353 babies died from SIDS in 2008, about 0.6/1000 live-births. Some countries give advice to parents in their ‘Reduce the Risks’ literature not to bed share with their babies under any circumstances.
Read the full article on the BMJ Open website, by clicking the link below.