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New Advice on 'Co-Sleeping' with your Baby

Co-Sleeping

Each year, over 200 infants in England and Wales tragically die in their sleep with no apparent reason. Formerly referred to as ‘Cot Death’, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is still an epicentre of paediatric research.

The government’s health advisory body recently issued updated guidance to parents who ‘co-sleep’ with their baby (i.e. share a sleeping space such as a bed or chair), warning that the practice has an ‘association with an increased risk of SIDS’ in infants up to the age of 12 months.

NICE (the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence), welcomed the extra guidance but stated that they felt conflicted when asked if they would advise directly on the issue. Clinical Practice Director at NICE Professor Mark Baker said, “we're not telling people not to co-sleep with their babies - we know that could get in the way with breastfeeding - but there is an association with SIDS and it's better that parents should know”. He explained the ambivalence of NICE, stating that he felt the organisation was, “stuck between a rock and hard place. The only recommendation we could have made would be to avoid co-sleeping but it would be seen as incompatible with breastfeeding guidelines”.

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8th January 2015, 1:48
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