According to the Academy of Pediatrics of America, children need to sleep with their parents in the same room for at least 6 months in order to reduce the cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Moreover, they should not share the same bed, but they need to have separate beds. In this way the risks are reduced by 50%, studies showed.
General facts about SIDS
It is not known what is the real reason behind this syndrome, but there are many cases where children die due to suffocation in sleep, resulting in 35,000 deaths in the US each year. This makes it 40% of the cases, and other deaths of mishaps related to sleep make up around 25%. The syndrome occurs among children that are 6 months old.
This happens because of the apparatus in the sleeping area near the children like toys, soft pillow, little parts, furnishings, etc. which can block the breathing process due to asphyxia. Another reason may be a genetic defect the child may have been born with that obstructs the vulnerable nasal passaged and cause difficulty in breathing. Mothers can fall asleep during breast-feeding because of tiredness, leading to death of the infant. It is even more dangerous when mothers breast feed their children in an arm-chair with no surrounding support in case they fall.
Will sharing the same room keep this syndrome away?
A few theoretical views can be very effective like:
- The parents are more alert – they can keep an eye on the baby if in case it cries or makes odd noises;
- Babies are more comfortable – they will feel safer if they are not alone in the room .
What needs to be done?
- Separate the sleeping beds – do not share the same bed with the baby as the adult bed is not made for the baby needs;
- The baby sleeping surface – the best sleeping place is the crib as the baby cannot roll off. Place them on the back on a firm surface to get the needed back support. Get a tightly set sheet so that it can’t unravel when the babies roll around. Add no blankets, pillows, or bed furnishings that can make them feel hot or suffocate the baby.
- Breastfeeding zone – feed the baby in the parents’ bed so in case the mother falls asleep there can be someone who can keep an eye on the whole situation.