New parents should be educated about cot death but it must be done sensitively, a paediatric care expert has suggested.
Debbie Bird, editor of Babyworld.co.uk, noted that it is a wonderful feeling to be a parent and healthcare professionals should try not to take this away, but they must also make them aware of potential problems.
She highlighted that many people do not know that sleeping in a bed with a new born baby can increase the risk of cot death.
Ms Bird commented: "This is a difficult balance between keeping parents informed and advised as to the best practice to minimise the risk without alarming them."
Research by the Universities of Bristol and Warwick published this week indicates that 54 per cent of infants who died of sudden infant death syndrome - also known as cot death - were co-sleeping with their parents when it they passed away.
New parents will always want physical contact with their baby, continued Ms Bird, but they need to be told about these risks.