Baby bed-sharing a popular trend, infant deaths on the rise

RAW: Neighbor on baby death

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Saturday, Cleveland police and EMS responded to a home on Woodhill Road for a deceased 7-week-old baby. Police believe the child's mother fell asleep with the baby in bed and possibly rolled over onto the young infant causing suffocation.

Bed sharing between the baby and parents have become a popular trend over the past several years. More parents are wanting to cuddle and be closer to the child during the earliest stages. According to CNN, the number of parents sleeping in the same bed with their young children has doubled over the last 20 years.

According to the Center for Disease Control, there were approximately 3,700 deaths in 2015 due to sudden unexpected infant deaths, or SUID. About 900 of those deaths, or 25 percent, are believed to be caused by accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.

(Source: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Compressed Mortality File. 2015)

The CDC reports that the rate of accidental suffocation in babies has been increasing in 1997. The rate continues to grow, with the highest amount of baby deaths in 2015.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urge against having a child under 12-months sleeping in the same bed with a parent. Feeding in the parent's bed is okay, but the baby should be brought back to their crib to avoid strangulation, being trapped by a pillow or the bed frame, or suffocation.

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