Originally Posted by Valkyrie9
The part that spun me up is that they're saying "most" cases of SIDS occurred during co-sleeping, but then you see that the actual percentage is 54%. I'll bet you could get a 4% variance in gender with the same study, so then you could turn around and say, "Boys more likely to die of SIDS."
And it scarcely points out that the other 46% of the fatalities happened in non-co-sleeping situations: what about them? Where are the answers for those families? Why not just say, "We still don't know WTH causes SIDS because there are no clear, defining factors"?!?!
(I knew as soon as I read this article I could come here and rant about it.)
Well, I just need to point out that this isn't entirely accurate. What you're saying would be true if 50% of the babies studied co-slept and 50% did not, but as the study states, 20% co-slept and 80% did not.
For the sake of even numbers, let's just say:
200 babies co-slept
800 babies did not co-sleep
Total=1000 babies studied
100 of the babies died from "SIDS"
54 of those babies co-slept
46 of those babies did not co-sleep
If you bring those numbers back to the original:
54 of the 200 co-sleeping babies died (or 27%)
46 of the 800 non-co-sleeping babies died (or 5.75%)
There you see, in their study, the death numbers actually were significantly higher for the co-sleeping babies.
I am not supporting this article. Just pointing out the flaw with the argument.
I do think it's ridiculous to classify suffocation as SIDS, and I also think it's ridiculous that they admit many of the parents co-sleeping who did smother their babies were under the influence of something. If they wanted to conduct an accurate study, they should have just done it with people who co-sleep the way it is recommended.
My theory on this whole thing is that the states and organizations who are pushing for "Baby sleeps best ALONE" are concerned about those who are co-sleeping unsafely, and it's just easier to say, "Don't do it" rather than educate on the proper way of co-sleeping. Not to say that it's right...but that's why I think it happens. Also, misinterpretation of poor studies (such as this one), which, as we know, has happened with the CDC considering circumcision promotion....