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Bed-Sharing Precautions

The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib or bassinet in the same room with a parent or caregiver. Adult beds are not made for babies and increase the risk of accidental entrapment and suffocation.

Last year in Texas, Child Protective Services investigated 169 infant deaths where bed-sharing (also known as co-sleeping) was a factor. The exact causes of most of those deaths are not known.

Warnings

  • Avoid crevices between the mattress and a wall that could entrap an infant. 
  • Never sleep with an infant on a soft mattress, couch, recliner, or any soft surface. 
  • Avoid blankets, stuffed animals, and pillows that could cover a baby's face. 
  • Don't let other adults or older children sleep with your infant.
  • Co-sleeping is especially risky if the adult is:
      • Under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
      • Sick, unusually tired, or taking medication that causes sleepiness.
      • Very upset or angry.

Statistics

Overview

Total Texas Infant Deaths where Bed-Sharing (Co-Sleeping) was a factor
Year Number of Fatalities
2015 (as of 6/1/15) 104
2014 197
2013 169
2012 167
2011 174
2010 166

Note: Caseworkers have recorded these numbers during the normal course of investigations. Each year represents a state fiscal year covering September 1st through August 31st.


Detailed Statistics

Total Texas Infant Deaths where Bed-Sharing (Co-Sleeping) was a factor

As of 02/02/15

  Fatalities
Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 7
Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 97
Total Fatalities 104

  Age
Under 1 yr 103
1-3 yr 1
4-6 yr 0
Over 6 0
Total 104

  Gender
Male 54
Female 49
Total 103

  Race/Ethnicity
African American 32
Anglo 31
Hispanic 32
Other 9
Total 104

 

As of 09/08/14

  Fatalities
Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 12
Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 185
Total Fatalities 197

  Age
Under 1 yr 193
1-3 yr 4
4-6 yr 0
Over 6 0
Total 197

  Gender
Male 113
Female 84
Total 197

  Race/Ethnicity
African American 64
Anglo 53
Hispanic 71
Other 9
Total 197

 

FY 2013

  Fatalities
Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 17
Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 152
Total Fatalities 169

  Age
Under 1 yr 163
1-3 yr 6
4-6 yr 0
Over 6 0
Total 169

  Gender
Male 90
Female 79
Total 169

  Race/Ethnicity
African American 53
Anglo 38
Hispanic 72
Other 6
Total 169

 

FY 2012

  Fatalities
Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 28
Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 139
Total Fatalities 167

  Age
Under 1 yr 161
1-3 yr 6
4-6 yr 0
Over 6 0
Total 167

  Gender
Male 94
Female 73
Total 167

  Race/Ethnicity
African American 54
Anglo 53
Hispanic 54
Other 6
Total 167

 

FY 2011

  Fatalities
Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 19
Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 155
Total Fatalities 174

  Age
Under 1 yr 168
1-3 yr 6
4-6 yr 0
Over 6 0
Total 174

  Gender
Male 106
Female 68
Total 174

  Race/Ethnicity
African American 53
Anglo 43
Hispanic 65
Other 13
Total 174

 

FY 2010

  Fatalities
Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 25
Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities 141
Total Fatalities 166

  Age
Under 1 yr 163
1-3 yr 3
4-6 yr 0
Over 6 0
Total 166

  Gender
Male 102
Female 63
Total 165

  Race/Ethnicity
African American 55
Anglo 49
Hispanic 55
Other 7
Total 166