Bed sharing with parents increases SIDS risk

Bed sharing with parents increases risk of cot death fivefold — Rates of sudden infant death would plummet if parents avoided bed sharing, advise authors – Bed sharing with parents is linked to a fivefold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), even when the parents are non-smokers and the mother has not been drinking alcohol and does not use illegal drugs.

New research will help identify risk factors for SIDS

More evidence has emerged that a chemical imbalance in the brain may play a key role in cot deaths or SIDS revealed by researchers. – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is a condition that unexpectedly and unexplainably takes the lives of seemingly healthy babies aged between a month and a year. Now researchers of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Monterotondo, Italy, have developed a mouse model of the so-called crib or cot death, which remains the leading cause of death during the first year of life in developed countries.

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