Bed-sharing common in SIDS, study finds

Almost half of all SIDS cases occur when the infant is sharing a bed with their parents, Australian research shows.

Between 2008 and 2010, 33 of 72 Victorian babies aged one or younger who died in their sleep were bed-sharing at the time, an analysis of coronial inquests has found.

Consistent with previous research, the study found that bed-sharing deaths were most common in younger babies and when the parents were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"Bed-sharing was largely intentional, habitual and most often involved the mother as one of the parties," the study authors