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New research explains most SIDS-related deaths

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SIDS killed more than 2,000 babies in the U.S. in 2010. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics) SIDS killed more than 2,000 babies in the U.S. in 2010. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics)
Leaving toys and pillows in a baby's crib is dangerous and could lead to suffocation. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics) Leaving toys and pillows in a baby's crib is dangerous and could lead to suffocation. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics)

(WMC) - Parents have been warned for years: children should sleep in their own beds.

Now, research is backing up the warning.

A study in August's edition of Pediatrics shows bed sharing is the number one risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Researchers looked at over 8,000 SIDS-related deaths from 24 states. Almost 70 percent of the infants were sleeping on an adult bed or next to another person.

The researchers say younger babies are more likely to die when they're sharing beds, while older babies face a higher risk of sudden death when there are objects in the crib with them, like pillows and toys.

More than 2,000 babies died from SIDS in 2010 in the United States, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Ninety percent of the deaths occurred in babies younger than 6 months old.

Young babies don't have the ability to move their heads or bodies to avoid being suffocated when another person moves in the same bed.

One of the lead researchers told the journal they would like to see another study done to see why parents are ignoring safe sleeping advice.

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