In order to minimize the cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the Academy of Pediatrics of America has stated that children should sleep with their parents in the same room at least the first six months.
It is also suggested that they must not share the same bed but they should have their own. The studies reveal that in this way, the threat of this syndrome is reduced by around 50%.
General Facts About SIDS
The precise reason responsible for SIDS it is still unknown but the examples show that children generally die as a result of suffocation while asleep.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention point out that every year in United States there are around 3500 deaths of babies from SIDS. This makes around 40% while other death from unexpected suffocation, sleeping-related accidents take up around 25%.
This type of syndrome generally occurs among six months old kids.
This can happen as a result of some apparatus in the sleeping area near the children such as toys, soft pillows, furnishings, little parts and lots of others things. They can block the breathing passages due to asphyxia.
Another reason is some genetic defect that the child might be born with, which can obstruct the vulnerable nasal passages and trigger difficulty breathing.
Likewise, because of tiredness the mothers can fall asleep during breast-feeding thus resulting in death of the baby. It is more unsafe when the mothers breast feed the children in an arm-chair with no surrounding support in the case they fall.
Will Sharing The Same Room Keeps The SIDS Away?
This concern may raise a discussion however a couple of theoretical views can be very effective:
The Parents Are More Alert
The closer the children are to their parents, the more alerted they are. They can keep an eye on the baby, if it is sobbing or making some odd sounds so they can immediately react and save its life.
Babies Are More Comfortable
The children will feel more secure if they are not alone in the room and the sense of parent’s presence will make them comfortable.
Beware When Sharing A Room
Separate Sleeping Beds
The children and parents must not share the same bed due to the fact that the adult bed is not made for the baby needs. The pillows, blankets and duvets can do a great harm to the child. So, it is better to keep the children in a separate bed.
The Baby Sleeping Surface
The crib is the best sleeping place for the children because they cannot roll of. They have to be placed on their backs on a firm surface in order to get the needed back support. They also need a sheet that is tightly set so that it can’t unravel when the babies roll around. There should not be blankets, pillows or bed furnishings which can make them feel hot or perhaps suffocate them.
It is recommended to feed the babies in the parents’ beds, so in case the mothers fall asleep, there needs to be someone else to keep watch.