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Parent-Infant Bedsharing Is Not Recommended

Fern R. Hauck, MD, MS1; Robert A. Darnall, MD2; Rachel Y. Moon, MD3
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1University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
2Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire
3Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(4):387. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5169.
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To the Editor The Bergman editorial, “Bed Sharing per se Is Not Dangerous,”1 admonishes the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for recommending against bedsharing to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk. He states that the studies supporting this position had “nonuniform and unverifiable information on the causes of death,” because medical examiners and coroners are moving away from classifying sudden and unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs) as SIDS, instead classifying these as accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB) or unknown cause, and therefore, “the data…cannot be trusted.”


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April 1, 2014
Abraham Bergman, MD
1Department of Pediatrics, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(4):387-388. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5172.
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