Parents have 2 babies die while co-sleeping

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Parents have 2 babies die while co-sleeping
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Sat, 08-11-2012 - 1:04am

There are warnings about not having your infant in your bed (co-sleeping). Too many babies have died this way. The parents in this story had a baby die, got pregnant and put their 2nd child in their bed, only to have him die as well. Should they be charged with a crime? Should any parents that have a child die in this manner be charged?

http://www.insideedition.com/news/8242/inside-edition-speaks-to-parents-about-dangers-of-co-sleeping.aspx

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 8:43pm

I think the reason that the couple risked the second baby's life in the same way that they risked the first baby's life is that they were "high" on oxy. Their substance abuse is the problem here, however,

"Substance abuser is negligent and second infant dies",

while accurate, is not the kind of headline that entices people to read on. "Co-sleeping" is the term the media used to attract readership. It is a controversial word which both the informed and ill-informed will notice and read about.

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Registered: 08-18-2004
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 10:20am
Me, too.
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Registered: 08-27-2001
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 1:36pm
The key here seems to be that parenting under the influence endangers children.
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Registered: 08-18-2004
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 12:40pm
I can't see any situation in which I'd risk another baby's life in the same way a first one died.

<< Yea, Reports like this make it sound like co-sleeping is a bad thing. >>

It was, twice.


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Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 4:30pm

Sometimes acccidents are just that accidents

True. OTOH, sometimes accidents are preventable, drinking and driving accidents, for example.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 4:29pm

If these parents have had childern die then maybe some thing else was going on

Yes, maybe,.... or probably.

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Registered: 05-12-2011
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 3:41pm

Sometimes bad things just happen. And there is no true reason why. And we just need someone to blame. Sometimes acccidents are just that accidents. But into today's world. We are always ou tto blame someone. Put thrm in jail or sue them.

My kids did some co -sleeping with us. Esp when they were infants because It was much easier to leave them with me in my bed  rather going to get them. Also as we added kids and room sharing happened it kept the other kid from waking up. Also as kids got older we would put them into their own beds to sleep ands they would some how in the middle of the night end up in ours. But then they do grow out of it. For us about preschool age.

 

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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 10:47pm

They've always said to have infants sleep on firm surfaces. In very soft beds if a baby is on her tummy, most babies don't have the strength within the first few months to lift their head if they need air. And sometimes when a baby is in bed with her parents, the parents have actually rolled over on the baby, or the pillows or blankets have accidentally been up against the baby and smothered her. And sometimes it's SIDS and no one knows why it happened. It's tragic no matter how it happens.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 12:50pm

That's true. In the same room in a separate bed is ideal, but in the same room in a prepared bed is safer than in a crib in a separate room.

The other thing to remember about media reports on co-sleeping is that if a parent brings a sick child into the unprepared bed or a chair or couch, even if it isthe child's usual sleeping space is a crib, they label it "co-sleeping".

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 11:31am
Actually, the policy statement said same room sleeping, but not in the same bed.

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