Biodun Falade, lecturer at the the Paediatric Department, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (UI) on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 told NAN that babies who live with parents are liable to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
According to Falade, though the cause of SIDS is unknown, several brain abnormalities and respiratory infections has been linked to the disease.
“The major cause is unknown but SIDS may be associated with abnormalities in the portion of an infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep.
“Premature birth or being part of a multiple birth increases the likelihood that a baby’s brain has not matured completely.
“So he or she has less control over such automatic processes as breathing and heart rate,” he said.
“Don’t over heat a baby, use lightweight materials, and don’t cover the baby’s head.
“Your baby sleeping in the same room with you is a great idea, but adult beds are not good for infants as the baby can become trapped and suffocate.’’