Sleeping with your baby 'increases risk of cot death'

New mothers should be warned that sleeping with young babies is linked to a higher risk of cot death, health officials have said.

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Parents 'should be warned off sleeping with baby'

Around 250 babies die from cot death each year in England and Wales Credit: PA

New parents should be warned that sleeping together with babies under the age of one increases the risk of sudden infant death, health officials at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) have said.

The health group has produced new draft recommendations calling for all parents to taught about safe sleeping habits in a bid to cut the number of cot deaths.

"Falling asleep with a baby, whether that's in a bed or on a sofa or chair, is risky," said professor Mark Baker, the clinical practice director at Nice.

"This is especially important if parents drink alcohol, take drugs or expose their baby to tobacco smoke."

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