Biggest threats for sleep-related infant death change with age: study

July 15, 2014 8:10 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Creating a safe sleep environment is important for all infants, but when it comes to preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), parents should be aware that the main sources of risk change over the first year of a baby’s life, according to a new study.

Up to four months of age, sharing a bed with an adult or pet was the most common factor involved in sleep-related deaths, the analysis found. For babies between four months and one year old, the biggest risk was rolling over into an object in the crib or on the bed.

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