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Mother's long hair almost strangles baby while sleeping

Experts warn about dangers of bed sharing
Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 23:09:52-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — "Something just sounded off with his breathing and it instantly woke me up."

Nicole Studer said her maternal instincts kicked in right away last summer, when she sensed something was wrong with her 1-year-old son, Kyro.

"I went to turn to him and I couldn't move my head. So, I felt my hair down and I could feel it around his neck," said Studer.

Fearing her hair was strangling her son, she woke up her husband who acted quickly.

"He literally unrolled my son out of my hair," said Struder.

Fortunately, Kyro was not harmed, but Studer feared the situation could have ended differently.

Her rare experience is another reason experts strongly advise against co-sleeping with a baby.

"Babies should always be put in their own safe sleep spot, away from other parents and other siblings," said Stacie Venkatesan, Valley Children's NICU Director.

Dangers of bed sharing include suffocation, another person rolling over on top of the baby, the baby falling off the bed, getting trapped by the bed's frame, headboard or foot board and dying of SIDS.

However -- Kern Medical provides education on those dangers and holds 'Safe Home, Safe Sleep' classes monthly.

For more information on how to register, call (661) 326-2606.