Toddlers who regularly share a bed with their parents have an increased risk of asthma in later childhood, a Dutch study has found.
The study of 6,160 mothers and their children in Rotterdam showed an association between toddlers who share a bed with their parents at the age of two years and wheezing and asthma in later childhood
Bed-sharing at the age of two was found to lead to a 42% higher chance of wheezing symptoms at age three to six, and a 57% greater likelihood of being diagnosed with asthma at age six. The same association was not seen in bed-sharing infants of ages less than two years, although researchers were unable to provide a clear explanation for their findings.
One possible explanation is that parents who notice wheezing symptoms in their children are more likely to keep them close by at night in order to monitor them, however such an association could not be confirmed by the current analysis. Researchers recommend that further research be undertaken in order to explore the range of factors that could impact on bed sharing and asthma.
Story taken from the Daily Mail