Sleep-related deaths in infants are most likely to be caused by bed sharing with others, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, assessed sleep-related deaths from 24 states during the time span of 2004-2012.
About 70 percent of the deaths occurred while infants shared "the same surface with a person or animal."
"Bed-sharing for 0-4 month old babies is extremely risky," study co-author Rachel Moon told The Huffington Post. "In this study, this sleep situation presented the most important risk for infants in this age group."
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends several steps to ensure safe sleeping for infants: the baby should be placed on a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards; the crib should be placed in a smoke-free area; babies should not be placed on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows or cushions to sleep; toys, soft bedding, fluffy blankets, comforters, pillows, stuffed animals or bumper pads should not be placed in the crib; blankets should be replaced with sleep clothing, such as sleepers, sleep sacks and wearable blankets.
by RTT Staff Writer
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