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What is your opinion about Co-sleeping?


Sakshi Arora
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What is your opinion about Co-sleeping?

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Dr. Mridula Amarnath
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Hi Sakshi,

Co-sleeping comes with its own risks as well as benefits. It is a means of improving intimacy between the mother and the baby, better nursing etc; but it can also be risky for various reasons. Ultimately, my opinion on co-sleeping would depend on the age of the child. For babies older than 12 months, it may be okay to practice co-sleeping. However for babies under 12 months of age, co-sleeping is generally not advocated, due to the potential risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, (as cited by the American Academy of Paediatrics). This is because these infants do not have the ability to extract themselves from heavy bedding or adult bodies, thus increasing the risk of entrapment or suffocation.

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