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Parent-Infant Bedsharing Is Not Recommended—Reply

Abraham Bergman, MD1
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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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In Reply Krugman’s letter illustrates the imprecise thinking underlying the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) admonition against bedsharing. He lumps the terms sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexpected death in infancy, undetermined, asphyxia, accidental suffocation, and strangulation under the rubric of “unsafe sleep environment.” He also touts the accomplishments of Child Fatality Review teams in uncovering risk factors for sleep-related deaths without reference to peer-reviewed studies and reports that only 3 of 119 infants dying suddenly and unexpectedly in Baltimore County, Maryland, fit his definition of “classic SIDS.”


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April 1, 2014
Scott D. Krugman, MD, MS
1Department of Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(4):386-387. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5166.
April 1, 2014
Fern R. Hauck, MD, MS; Robert A. Darnall, MD; Rachel Y. Moon, MD
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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