LONDON (CBS Atlanta) – Swedish health officials are issuing a warning to parents not to share a bed with their newborn babies.
They are concerned that doing so increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIDS is the unexplained death of a child is also known as crib death because the overwhelming number of cases occur while an infant is asleep.
The practice is reportedly widespread in Sweden, where SIDS claims around 20 infant lives per year.
A 2001 study found that 65 percent of three-month-old Swedish babies slept with their parents.
That was the highest rate in the Western world.
A British report suggests that the risk of SIDS death is increased five-fold when a child or three months or younger sleeps with one or both parents.
Doctors recommend making sure a baby is sleeping on its back in a roomy crib to cut down on the risk.
The American SIDS Institute says there are 2,500 such deaths in the United States each year.