Northern Ireland Infant Death Thematic Review 2015

Anne Lazenbatt, Lisa Bunting, John Devaney, David Hayes

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Co-Sleeping and bed sharing are considered the social norm for approximately 90% of the world's population, with two-thirds of the world's cultures habitually practicing mother-infant co-sleeping on the same bed. Although international studies show that the practice of co-sleeping is common, it is controversial in the public health community, as many consider it a significant risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accounting for 50% of SIDS deaths in the UK. The report offers an international review of the evidence and provides important debates and critical knowledge for both health professionals, parents and all those organisations working to support the safety of infants in their first perinatal year.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherHSC Public Health Agency
Number of pages138
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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