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.