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Co-Sleeping

Aka: Co-Sleeping, Bed Sharing
  1. See Also
    1. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    2. Apparent Life-Threatening Events In Children (ALTE)
    3. Sleep Problems in Children
  2. Definition
    1. Children who share same bed as their parents
  3. 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%
  4. Precautions
    1. Avoid in infants under age 1 year old
    2. Major risk factor for ALTE and SIDS (see complications below)
  5. 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
  6. References
    1. Lozoff (1984) Pediatrics 74:171-82 [PubMed]
    2. Madansky (1990) Pediatrics 86:197-203 [PubMed]
    3. Nakamura (1999) Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 153:1019-23 [PubMed]
    4. Thiedke (2001) Am Fam Physician 63(2):277-84 [PubMed]

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