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Is sleeping in the same room with your infant the best way to prevent SIDS?

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Image of sleeping baby.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics made recommendations yesterday that gave new information on preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. 

The new guidelines suggest that having infants sleep in the same room with their parents for the first six months to a year could reduce infant mortality rates due to SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

But how practical is having a child sleep in the same room with a parents, and what socioeconomic factors come into play with this new information on parenting? Larry Mantle speaks to the co-author of the study to find out more.


Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, professor of pediatrics at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, N.J. and co-author of “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment