Thursday, 29 June 2017
Bed-sharing raises risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids)
The debate over whether parents should share beds with infants was ignited online, following the death of a 36-day-old baby last Tuesday.
Local paediatricians The Straits Times spoke to said young infants should not share a bed with their parents.
Dr Lim said bed-sharing puts infants less than four months old or born premature at risk of suffocation, strangulation and Sids.
KKH's Dr Arun Kumar Pugalenthi said that studies have shown that bed-sharing is associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of Sids in the first three months of a baby's life, as compared to infants sleeping in a supine position in a cot in the parents' room.
He said: "Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend any bed-sharing situation as safe."