1 Big Reason to Quit Co-Sleeping With Your Toddler

mom sleeping with childIn the battle of co-sleeping versus crib sleeping, moms can argue about the benefits of the bond or the pluses of the parents getting a good night's sleep, but not much has been said about the later effects of sharing a bed with your toddler. Well, a new study from the European Lung Foundation might just affect when you send kids off to sleep alone. It turns out that toddlers who co-sleep are prone to higher rates of asthma later in childhood.

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The study, which collected information from more than 6,000 mothers and children in the Netherlands, chronicled kids' asthma symptoms from the ages 1 to 6. Once they factored in the practice of co-sleeping, researchers found the risks for asthma went up immediately.

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Two-year-olds who still shared the bed with Mom and Dad were at an increased risk of being diagnosed with respiratory issues, specifically asthma, at 6 years old.

Though the research did not determine exactly why there's a link between wheezing and co-sleeping, the numbers do prove that there's a strong connection and an increased risk. Looks like it's fair to count this in the "pro-crib sleeping" column.

Why do you think co-sleeping kids could be at higher risk for asthma?

 

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