1:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Spike in Number of Infant Deaths Concerns Health Officials


Local health officials are concerned about a recent spike in the number of infant deaths that happen when babies sleep with adults.

In a typical year, an average of 10 co-sleeping deaths occur locally.  There have been four in just the past month.  

Pediatrician Dr. Anne Brayer of the Golisano Children's Hospital says despite campaigns warning against it, co-sleeping is a common habit for the parents of infants.

Dr. Brayer says in some cases, the infant suffocates when a parent rolls over in his or her sleep. In other cases, physicians believe the baby's breathing pattern changes due to overheating.