New data released by Los Angeles County officials today finds that suffocation while bed-sharing is the leading cause of infant death in L.A. County. According to the data, a baby suffocates every five days while sleeping in L.A. County.
And from 2008-2011, more babies died from suffocation because of unsafe sleep than all accidental deaths for children under age 14 combined. L.A. County, along with the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and First 5 LA is rolling out a new campaign seeking to educate parents on the dangers of bed-sharing.
Do you co-sleep or share a bed with your infant? Do you think it’s safe? What are the risks of bed-sharing?
Deepa Fernandes, Reporter, KPCC
Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director, Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN)
Lysa Parker, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and co-author “Attached at the Heart” (Health Communications Inc., 2013)