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Health experts say infants and parents should share room to avoid SIDS

Babies should be placed on their backs to sleep

Health experts are aiming to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.

SIDS has claimed 3,500 infant deaths. Experts say 90% of SIDS cases happen before a baby is six months old.

Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend for parents and babies to share a room for at least the first 6 months of an infant’s life. Ideally, the first year is good to be safe.

"The studies that were done looking at the reduction in risk of SIDS really were done throughout the first year of life and we know that reduction can be as much as 50 percent,” said Cooper University Hospital Guideline Author Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter.

Experts recommend parents should not sleep in the same bed with their infant. Parents should also remove soft bedding from a baby’s crib and replace it with a firm mattress.

Additionally, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of SIDS by 70%.

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