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The Pediatric Forum
May 2000

Bed Sharing Is Not a "Consumer Product"

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(5):530-531. doi:

In reply

Dr McAfee takes issue with our recommendation that "children younger than 2 years should sleep in cribs,"1(p1023) suggesting that in the absence of denominator information, the significance of the 121 deaths attributed to overlying is in question. He does, however, agree that the 394 deaths owing to entrapment during the same period do sufficiently support the case "that young children should not be left to sleep alone in adult beds." We clearly point out in our article that reliable denominator information is not available; thus, no quantification of risk was made. It was not our intention to quantify the odds of doing harm to a parent contemplating bed sharing.

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