SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WCMH) — A new report says that in order to help avoid SIDS, infants should be sleeping in the same room as their parents for at least the first six months of the baby’s life.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should sleep in a crib or other separate surface from their parents, but never on anything soft like a couch or armchair. In addition, the organization says optimally infants should stay in the room with parents up to the age of one year.
“The whole phenomenon of SIDS implies that we don’t know 100 percent what is responsible for the death, but we have theories,” Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, member of the Task Force on SIDS and co-author of the report told CNN.
The report hopes that staying in the same room as parents will reduce the possibility SIDS that can happen while the baby is sleeping.
Suffocation and other related deaths happen often while a child is asleep, and the American Academy of Pediatrics says, by being in the same room as parents, the risk of SIDS can be reduced by as much as 50 percent.
“A baby that is within reach of their mother may have more comfort, or physical stimulation form being in an environment with another person,” Winter told CNN, adding that mothers being near their babies also facilitates breastfeeding, which in itself has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS by 70 percent.