Sharing the bed with your baby could increase risk of SIDS SIDS-news-280

Guidelines relating to cot death, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) often talk about laying your baby on his/her back for sleep safety, but new guidelines talk about the risks of co-sleeping.

New draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say that sharing a bed with a baby might be linked to a higher chance of SIDS.

Under the new guidance, midwives, GPs and health visitors will be expected to tell parents that "co-sleeping" could increase the risk, and that the dangers are likely to be higher if parents smoke or have recently drunk alcohol.

Risks are also higher if parents are drug-takers, or if the baby had a low birth-weight or was premature. However, studies up till now have only been able to show links between these factors and an increased risk – not actual causation.

Under the new guidance, advice over co-sleeping applies to parents of all babies under the age of one.

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