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Springfield infant death sheds light on "co-sleeping"

January 01, 2013|By Melody Pettit | mpettit@kspr.com

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo) — A Springfield 5-month old baby died on New Year’s Day. Police say the baby was sleeping in between its parents.

While it’s not certain if that is the cause of death, it sheds light on something a lot of people do that could be deadly for babies.

The Centers for Disease Control says 44% of babies up to nine months co-sleep with adults at any given time.

But health care experts say co-sleeping puts your baby in danger.

A Milwaukee study in 2008 showed three out of four deaths from sudden infant death syndrome involved co-sleeping

Springfield's SIDS coordinator knows firsthand how dangerous it can be. Her baby died in a similar circumstance twenty years ago and now teaches parents about the dangers.

“The safest place is their own crib placed near the parent’s bed but not in it. A baby can easily get turned over and is likely to suffocate on an adult bed. There are usually lots of pillows and blankets that can get near the baby,” said Sara Tamburrino.

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It's a personal choice but health experts say this latest infant death will get parents to rethink how and where they let their babies sleep.

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