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The Pediatric Forum
November 2000

Should Infants Sleep With Their Parents?

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(11):1171-1173. doi:

In reply

Dr Kelley suggests that the recommendation from US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) chairperson Ann Brown is premature. Brown warns parents, "don't sleep with your baby or put the baby down to sleep in an adult bed," and Dr Kelley believes that the evidence for this practice is not sufficiently compelling to either encourage or discourage it. We must disagree with Dr Kelley based on what we found in our study, which to our knowledge was the first to quantify the number of deaths caused by the practice of cosleeping with infants. We believe that these deaths are preventable.