Mom’s choc snack proves fatal
Pills for post-natal pains cause mom to fall asleep and choke while eating.

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UK: A young mother fell asleep and choked to death while eating a chocolate bar as a result of medication she had been taking to relieve post-natal abdominal pains, an inquest has found, according to The Mirror.

Pre-sleep snack

Candice Campbell had experienced tummy aches after giving birth to her son, and was taking a number of prescribed medications to relieve the pain. Her husband to be said that she’d been eating a bar of Kinder Bueno shortly before the y went to sleep and that he’d woken to find her slumped over with vomit coming out of her mouth and the remains of the chocolate bar in her throat.

The inquest found that the medication had made her drowsy, that she had not drunk alcohol and that her death was accidental,  related to her being unable to clear her airways after she vomited.

Sleep and new parents

In this case, the medication was prescribed, but there have been other cases where new parents have had accidents at bedtime, including rolling over onto a co-sleeping infant and suffocating the child.

Medical experts recommend never placing the child in bed or even on the couch with you if you have been drinking as you may not realise that you have rolled onto the child or that the baby has moved position.

Experts also suggest that mothers that smoke or parents that have taken drugs or medication should not co-sleep with infants.

Studies conducted have found that half of sudden infant death syndrome cases were linked to co-sleeping.

Experts differ on the topic, however. Some suggest that provided steps are taken to avoid risks, co-sleeping is fine, while others insist that it’s simply too dangerous, even if precautionary measures are taken.

Take care when medicating

In Candice’s tragic case, of course, she was the one made vulnerable by her medication, despite taking it in recommended dosages. If you’re taking medication prescribed by your doctor, always stick to the recommended dosages and schedules, and don’t place yourself in danger of choking or of other side effects.

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