Potential for cot death greater when smoking and co-sleeping

Potential for cot death greater when smoking and co-sleeping

We all know smoking during pregnancy is very unhealthy for the unborn child. But did you also know that by smoking during the pregnancy, you increase the risk of cot death in your child six times?

By smoking during pregnancy in addition to allowing your child to sleep in your bed after birth, the risk of sudden cot death increases by a factor of 32. This combination is therefore extremely dangerous. Thus concludes the New Zealand Medical Journal.

Researchers from New Zealand conducted a three-year study that was conducted between 1987 and 1990. They compared 137 new cases of cot death between 2012 and 2015 with the cases that took place between 1987 and 1990.

Major risk factors
From this they concluded that the results from the original research are still relevant today. Major risk factors of cot death are smoking during pregnancy (6x greater risk) and sleeping in the parents' bed (5x greater risk). The combination of these two options would therefore be very dangerous.

More cases
That this research was carried out in New Zealand is not entirely coincidental. Here, the number of cases of cot death is higher than in many other countries. This percentage is particularly high among the Māoris - the original inhabitants.

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