II. Definition

  1. Children who share same bed as their parents

III. Epidemiology

  1. Incidence: General
    1. Preschool Children: 35-55%
    2. School Aged Children: 10-23%
  2. Incidence: Ethnic
    1. Hispanic Children: 90%
    2. African American: 70%

IV. Precautions

  1. Avoid in infants under age 1 year old
  2. Major risk factor for ALTE and SIDS (see complications below)

V. Complications: SIDS Risks per U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  1. Total of 515 deaths/8 years under age 2 in adult beds
  2. Suffocation by rolling over child: 25% of deaths
  3. Entrapment/suffocation by bed structure: 75% of deaths

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