Photos of dads napping with babies are sweet — and potentially deadly

Those images we see on social media of dad’s taking a nap with their babies melt our hearts. There is, however, also a dangerous side to the potent image of fatherhood.

New mothers are taught the dangers of co-sleeping with their babies, but it looks like the message isn’t getting through when dad steps in to lend a hand.

While there has been a steady decline in infant deaths due to SUIDS, since the 1990’s there has been a steady increase in infant deaths as a result of co-sleeping.

According to the CDC, 25% of all SUID’s deaths invovle strangulation or suffocation while sleeping. Another study quantified the risk of death due to co-sleeping at 67 times.

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