Based on the results of tests conducted by the researchers, the children who were persistent bed sharers had an increased rate of mental health issues when compared with those who didn't share a bed with their mother
Most mothers like sharing a bed with their child as it makes them feel closer and it gives them a sense of security since their child is within arm’s reach. However, a new study has shown that bed sharing might make your child prone to anxiety and depression.
They found that persistent bed sharers had more mental health issues
The study, conducted on 3,583 children in Brazil, studied the long term effects of bed sharing. They looked at 4 sets of kids: those who didn’t share a bed with their mother (44% of the respondents), those who shared a bed when they were very young (36.2%), those who shared a bed when they were a bit older (12%), and “persistent bed sharers”, or those who shared a bed with their mother since birth (7.4%).
Based on the results of tests conducted by the researchers, the children who were persistent bed sharers had an increased rate of mental health issues when compared with those who didn’t share a bed with their mother. The researchers concluded that “early and persistent bed sharing is associated with an increased occurrence of internalizing problems at the age of 6 years.”
The study still isn’t conclusive
Despite the study’s conclusion, it has its faults, most especially since the sample size is relatively small, and the researchers do admit that they didn’t take into account the reason why mothers chose to share a bed with their children, as in some cases (such as poverty) mothers share a bed with their children out of necessity.
In those cases, bed sharing might not necessarily be the exact cause as to why the children have mental health issues since there are many factors that can affect if a person will have anxiety or depression.
Regardless, most doctors still recommend parents to avoid bed sharing and to share a room with their child instead, preferably until they are one year old, since studies have conclusively shown that room sharing can lower the chances that a child will die from SIDS.
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