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Updated co-sleeping guidance for parents

03 July 2014

New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) around bed-sharing with babies have been published for consultation today.

If the guidelines are adopted parents will be warned not to share a bed with their babies for the first 12 months of their lives in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Sids).

This new draft guidance also helps inform parents that the risk of is a recommendation to inform parents that the association between co-sleeping and Sids could be greater with low birth weight or premature infants.

The guidelines are out for consultation until the end of the month, with the final recommendations expected to be published in December.

For advice or support please call the Bliss helpline.


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