Health Tip: Dangers of Sleeping With Baby

Suffocation and strangulation are possible

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(HealthDay News) -- If parents allow an infant to sleep in their bed, that may seem like a natural and loving act.

But it's not a good idea, the American Academy of Family Physicians warns. The group lists these possible risks:

  • Suffocation of the baby from a parent rolling onto or next to the baby.
  • Suffocation of the baby from being trapped between a mattress and a headboard, or mattress and the wall.
  • Suffocation of the baby from sleeping face-down on the mattress, pillow or blanket.
  • Strangulation of the baby from the infant's head being trapped in part of the headboard.

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