Study identifies what increases SIDS risk

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A new study finds that newborns who share beds have a higher risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome than other age groups.

In an article published in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers found 69 percent of infants who died from SIDS were bed-sharing at the time of death.

Researchers suggest parents be warned of the high-risk and dangers of bed-sharing in 0-to-3 month olds. They say the risk of SIDS falls sharply by the time the baby turns 6 months old.

The study found the risk for older infants (4 months-1 year) is predominantly from objects in the sleep area that can cause suffocation. Sleeping environments should be clear of blankets, pillows and bumper pads.

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