STUDY: The number of babies suffocating due to co-sleeping has risen 400% in the last 20 years
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More babies are dying of suffocation in the United States – often because of co-sleeping, a new study has found.
Alarmingly, the number of infants who have died due to suffocation in the last 20 years has risen 400%.
The number of infants who have died due to suffocation in the last 20 years has risen 400%
There’s an increased risk of an infant being suffocated if they share a bed with their parents, often because an adult has accidentally rolled onto or near to the baby.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, around 3,500 babies die each year from sleep-related incidences including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation while co-sleeping.
SIDS is the major cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with most deaths occurring between 2 and 4 months
A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that infant deaths from co-sleeping have quadrupled over the last 20 years in the United States.
And worryingly, another study found that 33% of mums admit to sharing a bed with their child before the age of one, so this may be why the number of cot-related deaths have gone up in recent years.