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|SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history. (Willinger et al, 1991).|
|More mothers of SIDS infants than random control infants smoked during pregnancy (60% v 14%), whereas one quarter of the SIDS infants were preterm (26% v 5%) or were in fair or poor health for the last sleep (28% v 6%)|
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.)
Mama to Julian Matthew, born 5/10/2011
Hopeful for the next!
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.
From the BMJ page...
More than half of these mothers were smokers. Research on safe bedsharing has consistently shown that mothers who smoked during pregnancy should not bedshare. We know that smoking also increases risk of preterm birth and poor health in the child. Perhaps instead of blaming and shaming safe bedsharing families, we could spend more time helping women of childbearing age to stop smoking.
random news articles are not usually very well researched nowadays and are mainly sensationalistic, in order to get people to read them.
Here are some well researched papers with info regarding this subject
more here: http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/articles.html
Can't find any research that suggests cosleeping itself results in SIDS.
Tell her to better evaluate the source of her info next time. Anyone can find random "news" articles proving just about anything if they try hard enough. I bet I could find someone stating that the sky is red and women are aliens....doesn't make it true. If she wants more accurate info, she should read the actual entire paper that this story is quoting.
This is interesting: Why couldn't they make something like this in the US instead of just telling people to use a crib? http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/pamphlets/zealand.html
Oh that's right, because most of these sleep studies are funded by corporations who sell cribs, crib items, pacifiers, and other crap like that. Wouldn't want them to lose any profits eh?
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