In a fascinating study, it seems that the holiday season may put children unexpectedly at risk from dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
According to the research published in the journal Addiction, there is a 33% spike in SIDS cases on New Year's day. The researchers based their findings on the review of the death certificates of 129,090 children who died from SIDS from 1973 through 2006.
It is thought that this finding may correlate with heavy drinking on New Year's Eve. Intoxicated or inattentive parents may place their children at risk by not placing them on their backs to sleep or by co-sleeping with the infants.
This finding suggests that caregivers may want to moderate their drinking during the holiday season to ensure the safety of their baby's sleep.