WARNING: Co-sleeping With Your Infant Can Kill Them

Researchers in England studied SIDS cases between 2003 and 2006, and found co-sleeping was involved in more than half of the cases.

Co-sleeping is when parents sleep next to their babies in a bed or on a couch. Experts say the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib, or bassinet next to the parents' bed for the first several months of life.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital says 114 babies died from SIDS between in 2004 and 2008. The total number of sides deaths in North Carolina increased in 2008, with the deaths of 136 babies.

Hospital officials are promoting this slogan to parents: "Stomach to Play. Back to Sleep, For Baby's Safe Sleep."

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    That is common knowledge. A BIG FAT NO NO. I have known 2 families that lost newborns to sleeping with them and accidently smothering them. DO NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR BABY!!! I DON'T CARE HOW TIRED YOU ARE AND HOW WELL IT WORKS. YOU ARE TAKING A MAJOR RISK. They will be sleeping through the night in a few months. Being sleep deprived goes along with being new parents. Just part of the experience.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    This is nothing new. I was told not to sleep with my children long time ago. Excess Blankets, pillows, Stuffed toys, ropes, strings, small objects are also a No no in the crib or bassinet. The best way to know how your baby should sleep is to ask your babies doctor. The weight of a child or condtion should be factored in.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    Tulips: Our hearts go out to the young couple. We new them through church and believe they have the strong foundation to get through such a tragic time! I saw the paper today as my wife and I were getting to hear our little heartbeat. We worry about these things also, but all you can do is act responsible and pray. God works in mysterious ways and I hope he has a plan for this couple. My wife and I will continue to pray for them.
  • by to Tulips on Oct 14, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    SIDS is not necessarily a result of undetected issues or lack of oxygen (well, maybe in the case of co-sleeping). It also does not necessarily happen to kids left alone for hours or in a deep sleep. I have a very good friend who lost her baby to SIDS. He had no health problems. He was asleep for less than 15 minutes before he became unresponsive (they know this for sure). He was found quickly, and serious attempts were made to save his life, to no avail. Their story is in the Daily Reflector today.
  • by Tulips Location: Homeville on Oct 14, 2009 at 03:40 AM
    In my heart I believe SIDS has alot to do with the child having undetected heart issues or the lack of adequate oxygen during sleep. Neither of my 3 kids were ever allowed to sleep for hours at the time without me touching them so they would not go in a deep sleep very long. Most cases I have heard about SIDS involved the child being dead longer than an hour before the parents realized something was wrong.

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