According to a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants should sleep in the same room as parents to lower the risk of sleep-related deaths.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS, is something no parent wants to wake up to. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 3,500 infants die each year from sleep related deaths in the United States.
At Primary Pediatrics, Dr. Lance Slade says that he's seen it.
“We have had kids die from SIDS, and that's one the toughest things to have to talk to a parent, and there is the blame factor -- wanting to know if there is something that we could have done differently and something happen,” said Slade.
Slade says SIDS happens most often in the first 8-16 weeks of life.
Along with putting the infant on their back to sleep on a firm surface, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the child sleep in a crib in the same room as the parents.
“You can hear those kind of simple changes sometimes more easily than if you are in a different room. Even though monitors are great and have advanced so far even in the last five to 10 years, having them in the same room as you creates that even closer ability and for some people they can't afford monitors. It helps gives them that access that you can't duplicate and you can get there faster,” said Slade.
This academy found that this can cut the risk of SIDS by as much as half.
Mother Jessica Stark explains why she loves having her child in the same room.
“Just as simple as him coughing, I can look over and say, 'Oh, he's still breathing,' or I can reach out and hold his hand," said Stark. “It's little stuff like that that you can do whereas if, like most parents, if they're in another room, you see it in a monitor, but you really don't get that one-on-one feel.”
She continued to say that she will continue to have him in the room for precaution.
“You can never be too careful when it comes to your baby’s life. People think that it won't happen to them,” said Stark.
A life is more precious than one can imagine.