New Sleep Study Concludes Babies Should Sleep Alone Sooner


NEW TONIGHT– (HE) NEW TONIGHT– THE SOONER BABIES GET THEIR OWN ROOMS– THE LONGER THEY’LL SLEEP. THAT’S ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS. (SN) WE FIRST EXAMINED THE PRACTICE OF CO- SLEEPING LAST MONTH– AND TONIGHT WE’RE HEARING FROM EXPERTS ON WHY BABIES SLEEPING ALONE– MAY BE BENEFICIAL FOR EVERYONE. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER ABBIE BURKE HAS MORE NOW FROM OUR NEWSROOM. (AB) STEVE– SHANNON– THIS NEW STUDY– BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS– FOUND THAT BABIES SLEPT FOR LONGER STRETCHES IF THEY DON’T SLEEP IN THE SAME BEDROOM AS THEIR PARENTS. (AB) THE STUDY SURVEYED MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIRST TIME MOTHERS AT PENN STATE. AT FOUR MONTHS– BABIES WHO SLEPT ALONE HAD THE LONGEST STRETCHES OF UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP– BY ABOUT FORTY FIVE MINUTES ON AVERAGE. AT NINE MONTHS– BABIES IN THEIR OWN ROOMS SLEPT FORTY MINUTES LONGER AT NIGHT AND OVER TWENTY MINUTES LONGER OVERALL– THAN THOSE SHARING A ROOM WITH THEIR PARENTS. RESEARCHERS SAY THE PRIMARY DIFFERENCE IS ACTUALLY WHAT PARENTS DO WHEN A BABY WAKES UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT… (AB) THE STUDY SHOWS ROOM SHARING PARENTS WITH INFANTS AT FOUR MONTHS OF AGE– WERE FOUR TIMES AS LIKELY TO BRING THEIR BABY INTO THEIR BED OVERNIGHT THAN THOSE WITH INDEPENDENT SLEEPERS. LIKEWISE– AT NINE MONTHS OF AGE– ROOM SHARING PARENTS WERE STILL JUST AS LIKELY TO BRING THEIR BABY INTO THEIR BED AFTER WAKING UP. (AB) THE DANGERS OF CO- SLEEPING HITTING CLOSE TO HOME HERE IN RHODE ISLAND… YOU MAY REMEMBER IN FEBRUARY– SEVEN MONTH OLD WILLOW BEELEY OF WARWICK WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE INSIDE HER HOME. IN MAY– THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED THE MEDICAL EXAMINER HAD FOUND WILLOW’S CAUSE OF DEATH TO BE “ASPHYXIA DUE TO OVERLAY”– WHICH MEANS SOMEONE ROLLED ONTO HER DURING HER SLEEP. (AB) RESEARCHERS IN THIS STUDY SAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO BALANCE THIS INFORMATION WITH SAFE INFANT SLEEP. NOTING THAT MOST SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME DEATHS.. OCCUR WITH IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF A CHILDS LIFE.. WHICH IS WHY THE A-A-P PREVIOUSLY RECOMMENDED SHARING A ROOM WITH YOUR CHILD UNTIL THE AGE OF ONE. BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO HOW YOU AND YOUR BABY SLEEP – YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR BABY’S DOCTOR. ABBIE BURKE–

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