Many parents are ignoring warnings over co-sleeping with babies, despite a study concluding that it is a factor in over half of sudden infant death sysdrome (SIDS) cases
A survey of 500 mothers by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death (FSID), published in Community Practitioner, found that a quarter of respondents doubted that sharing a bed with their baby posed a serious risk.
This is despite a British Medical Journal study concluding that co-sleeping is a factor in over 50% of SIDS cases.
The study, by Bristol University researchers, reported that many of the deaths occured when a parent slept with their baby on a sofa, and that drugs and alcohol were often a factor in cot deaths.
The study also identified previously unreported risks such as swaddling and the presence of a pillow in the babies’ cots.
FSID has recently launched a social networking site for teenage parents.