Even for parents who think their infant is at a lower risk for SIDS, co-sleeping with their child is still unsafe, says a new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Researchers, led by Professor Robert Carpenter, reviewed data from five previous studies and looked at roughly 1,500 cases of SIDS, reports LiveScience.com.
They found that even when parents followed other recommendations to prevent SIDS, including placing babies on their backs to sleep and keeping pillows and bumper pads out of the crib, infants were still at a higher risk for SIDS if they slept in the same bed as their parents.
In fact, children under 3 months who co-slept with a parent were five times more likely to die of SIDS compared with infants who slept separately, LiveScience.com reports. Children 3 months to 1 year were three times more likely.
"Even if you do everything right, bed-sharing increases a baby's risk," Dr. Rachel Moon, a pediatrician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C., and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics task force on SIDS, told LiveScience.com.