Study finds one way to decrease risk of SIDSFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Sudden infant death syndrome, four of the most chilling words a new parent can hear. Now a new study finds one possible way to reduce the risk.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Sudden infant death syndrome, four of the most chilling words a new parent can hear. Now a new study finds one possible way to reduce the risk.
Sudden infant death syndrome, known as SIDS, is the leading cause of death in U.S. babies from age 28 days through their first birthday.
A study in the medial journal "BMJ" finds a connection between SIDS and babies slepping int he same bed as their parents.
Researchers looking at 1,472 cases of sudden infant death.
They found a five-fold increase in the risk of SIDS death when parents slept with their infant in the same bed.
And that risk climbed much higher if one or both parents smoked, or if the mother used alcohol or illicit drugs.
The authors say it's okay for parents to take infants into their bed for feeding and comforting. But the child should then be places face up in his or her own bed before the parents fall asleep.
The SIDS risk from parents' sleeping alongside their infant children went down as the child got older. Past three months of age, there was no increased risk.