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Comment & Response
April 2014

Parent-Infant Bedsharing Is Not Recommended

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
  • 2Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • 3Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

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JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(4):387. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5169

To the Editor The Bergman editorial, “Bed Sharing per se Is Not Dangerous,”1 admonishes the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for recommending against bedsharing to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk. He states that the studies supporting this position had “nonuniform and unverifiable information on the causes of death,” because medical examiners and coroners are moving away from classifying sudden and unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs) as SIDS, instead classifying these as accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB) or unknown cause, and therefore, “the data…cannot be trusted.”

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