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."


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