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Should you sleep in the same bed as your baby to prevent SIDS?

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When a baby sleeps in the same room as mom, studies show it lowers the risk of SIDS. But it's dangerous for a baby to sleep with another child or an adult in the same bed, in an armchair, and on a couch. If you bring your baby into your bed for comforting or breastfeeding, be sure to put the baby back in his or her own cradle, bassinet, or crib when you're ready to sleep. If you are tired, don’t breastfeed while sitting in a chair or on a couch in case you fall asleep. Never bring the baby to bed with you when you're very tired or using medicines that affect your sleep.

From: 10 Steps to Help Prevent SIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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