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GPs are told to warn parents that co-sleeping can increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7422
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Parents of babies under 1 year old should be warned of a link between falling asleep with a baby in bed, or on a sofa or chair, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said.

In updated guidance NICE advised GPs, midwives, and health visitors to discuss with parents the potential risks of co-sleeping, whether or not it is intentional, so that they can weigh up the possible risks and benefits of various sleeping arrangements.1 This discussion of co-sleeping and the factors that may make …

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