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SIDS advice ignored by a quarter of mothers

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.

Readers' comments (2)

  • I would have thought a nursing magazine would be able to report this subject accurately.
    If you are sleeping with a baby on a sofa or out your head on drink or drugs then the liklehood is that the baby will be smothered, dropped etc that does not come under SIDS.

    Safe co-sleeping, following guidelines does not increase the risk of sids.

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  • The discussion of co-sleeping etc should come into discussion at primary visits as I have cared for children who have been left brain damaged due to co-sleeping (I think settees are a worse culprit than beds in my experience) Dont you think separating this advice out would be stupid! as suggested by anonymous 15.10.09 10.33, yes we know technically this is not SIDS but sometimes we have to think of the whole picture and this is very relevant and valid advice to reduce cot death. I think you will find that sleeping with an infant under the very warm quilts we all now do are not conducive to safe sleeping.

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