The facts about co-sleeping

Share a room with baby to prevent SIDS

It's a term that has been gaining a lot of attention lately: co-sleeping.  

Infants who sleep in the same beds as adults.  

For some, it's a way to better feed and comfort children.  

There are risks to having a newborn share a bed with their parents, however.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 3500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, or SIDS. 

This week in Newark, Ohio, a mother was charged with manslaughter after reportedly rolling over on her nearly 2-month-old infant son, killing him.  She also is suspected of being under the influence of alprazolam, the generic form of Xanax, and amphetamine and/or methamphetamine at the time.

In the U.K., a coroner has issued a warning about the dangers of "co-sleeping" following the sudden death of a month-old baby in Northern Ireland.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics does encourage room-sharing (sleeping in the same room but on separate surfaces) in its policy statement regarding SIDS prevention, but it recommends against bed-sharing with infants. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission agrees with the discouragement of co-sleeping.

We had more than 70 responses to our earlier Facebook post about the Newark case.  We hope you'll participate in our discussion if you haven't already.

Watch the report above from our sister station, WFAA, in Dallas to learn more about room-sharing and co-sleeping.


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