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Editorial
November 2013

Bed Sharing per se Is Not Dangerous

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
 

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JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(11):998-999. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2569

Elsewhere in this issue, Colson and colleagues1 report that from 1993 through 2010, the overall trend for US caregivers to share a bed (also known as cosleeping) with their infants has significantly increased, especially among black families. Because of their belief that bed sharing increases infant mortality, the authors call for increased efforts by pediatricians to discourage the practice. I find the report disquieting because evidence linking bed sharing per se to the increased risk for infant death is lacking.

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