A new report out of Britain finds that over half of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) incidents occur during co-sleeping with an adult or another child. Recent alcohol and drug use by a parent and co-sleeping on couches both play key factors.
Specifically, 54% of SIDS occured during co-sleeping, according to the British Medical Journal. A four year study, done in England, revealed the following:
In 31% of the co-sleeping cases, parents had recently consumed drugs or alcohol prior to the incident.
Co-sleeping on a sofa contributed to 17% of SIDS cases.
Other common factors in SIDS include pillow use, swaddling and maternal smoking.
Get complete details from the Reuters report here.