Here’s Why Infants Should Sleep in Parents’ Room

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Thought it is okay for babies to sleep in separate rooms? Doctors say that it could be dangerous for the baby. According to the new guidelines issued by the United States pediatricians, babies, for the first six months of their lives should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents.

The guidelines said that it is imperative to share your room with newborns to minimise the risk of sleep-related deaths. The American Academy of Pediatrics released its recommendations on Monday and said that in an ideal situation, babies should sleep in their parents’ bedroom for at least a full year.

The guidelines, however, also added that the babies should not share their bed with their parents as that increases the risk of sudden infant death (SID) syndrome. The guidelines also stated that the safest spot for an infant to sleep in would be a firm bedding, in a crib or a bassinet without any pillows or bumpers.

Commenting on the AAP guidelines, co-author and pediatrics researcher at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey, Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter said that sleeping in the same room as your babies, not in the same bed however, could reduce the infant’s risk of SIDS by almost 50 percent.

“Bed-sharing is potentially hazardous for SIDS, and this is most important for infants under four months of age and those who were premature or low birth weight,” Feldman-Winter was quoted as saying by Reuters.

According to the new guidelines, skin-to-skin contact between mother and the baby is imperative after birth to reduce the risk of SIDS. In caesarean cases, the mothers can go for the skin contact as soon as the baby wakes up, fathers of the babies and other caregivers can also provide skin-to-skin contact to the babies.

Source: Reuters

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