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Co-Sleeping is in the BBC News

BBC News today (29/3/17) has an emotional and emotive report on co-sleeping.

The history behind co-sleeping dates back to prior to the late 1700s, where co-sleeping was the norm. Psychologist Bowlby believed that the bond would then be strengthened between parent and child by doing this.

However, the biggest fear from co-sleeping is that the parent could roll onto the child or the child to the parent, with neither knowing this had happened. This could lead to catastrophic consequences. In May 1999, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a warning against co-sleeping or putting babies to sleep on adult beds that was based on a study of death reports of children under the age of two who had died from 1980 to 1997.

The latest guidelines (and these do change, so please check with your Health Visitor) is that new babies should be in a cot. Babies in the same room as the adult for the first 6 months of life.

The BBC news report speaks about the father undertaking First Aid (CPR) on the baby. This must have been horrendous to have experienced. However, that knowledge of First Aid was able to help him do something; in that situation that no parent or adult should have to face.

Our thoughts are sent to the Barclay family.

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