A new report showed that it is better for children to sleep in the same room as their parents for at least 6 months in order to avoid sudden infant death syndrome and other sleeping problems. The doctors mentioned that the baby should not share the same bed, just the room. It is important for infants that are under 1 year old to have a special hard surface that they sleep on, a normal bed is not good for their growing bones.
This report was made by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They mentioned that it would be great if children sleep in the same room in their first year of life if that is possible. This report was made in order to show how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is more common than we think.
Acording to Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, the co-author of the report and member of the SIDS Task Force declared that the SIDS phenomenon implies that doctors are not one hundred percent sure of what causes the infant deaths, but they do have some theories.
This report showed that if the child sleeps in the same room as their parents the risk of developing SIDS could be 50% lower. This is because the child feels that its mother is in the same room and this gives him more comfort. This also makes it easier for the mother to breastfeed and the connection is even stronger. Also, the parents can sense every movement of the child and they are more alert and can prevent many problems.
The sudden infant death syndrome kills more than 3,500 babies every year in the U.S. Some of these deaths are caused by suffocation or strangulation while the others are unknown. SIDS cases occur in the first 6 months of the baby life, only 10% of cases occur after 6 months. This is why some doctors believe that it is best for parents to share their room with the infants until they turn 1 year.
In the 1990s there was a campaign that raised the awareness of sudden sleep death syndrome. After this campaign, the number of cases declined. Now the numbers have increased again and this is why doctors made these new recommendations.
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