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> New Zealand SIDS Death Rate Decreases
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> New statistics released by the New Zealand Ministry of
> Health show that the national rate of Sudden Infant
> Death Syndrome (SIDS) fell by 70% after an educational
> campaign in wrapping mattresses with special
> polyethelene covers was begun. The program began after
> research by a NZ scientist showed a link between SIDS
> and the toxic fumes emitted by mattresses.
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> According to the statistics, NZ Maori babies are 10
> times more likely than NZ European (Pakeha) babies to
> die of SIDS.(2) Following the implementation of
> mattress-wrapping by the Pakeha community over the
> last eleven years (with an 85% reduction in their SIDS
> rate), New Zealand has the highest inter-ethnic SIDS
> disparity of any country in the world.
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> In contrast to the US and UK, where back sleeping has
> been adopted as a method to prevent crib death, New
> Zealand began to publicize mattress-wrapping in 1994,
> with the practice widely adopted. Since then, the rate
> of deaths on unwrapped mattresses has continued to
> increase, while no deaths have been reported for
> babies sleeping on wrapped mattresses. Another
> advantage to this solution is that babies can sleep in
> a variety of positions and not suffer from
> plagiocephaly, or flattened heads.
>
> The results of the New Zealand mattress-wrapping
> program have been published in two peer-reviewed
> journals of environmental medicine(3) and far exceed
> the results of any other SIDS prevention program in
> the world.
>
> Notes
>
> Source of statistics: New Zealand Ministry of Health
> (final statistics to 2001; provisional statistics for
> 2002 and 2003; progress counts for 2004 and 2005).
> NZ Maori SIDS rate: 2.0 deaths per 1000 live births;
> NZ European/Pakeha SIDS rate: 0.2 deaths per 1000 live
> births.
> Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine
> 2004;14(3): 221-232. Zeitschrift fuer Umweltmedizin
> 2002; 44: 18-22.
> For further information, see: www.cotlife2000.co.nz
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Well that was news to me!

So it seems from the article the pp posted that the US is unwilling to jump on the NZ bandwagon and admit that mattresses are at least part of the problem... does that mean crib mattresses in the US aren't wrapped or otherwise modified to prevent gases from leaking out?
 

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I'd seen some of that info before but it looks like the statistics were updated in 2005 so it's nice to see an official source... my original source had been the site that sold the stuff to wrap the mattress.


I believe the contention is that the stuff used to treat crib mattresses and make them flame resistant and inhibit the growth of dust mites and stuff leaves fumes that escape over time and can be toxic if a baby is sleeping on his tummy and inhales them. So the back to sleep campaign has kind of solved the problem because babies noses aren't as close to the mattress as they would be with tummy sleeping.

The purported advantage to mattress wrapping is that baby can sleep on his tummy without concern. I've never looked into it any further than that though...
 

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Originally Posted by Quagmire
Well that was news to me!

So it seems from the article the pp posted that the US is unwilling to jump on the NZ bandwagon and admit that mattresses are at least part of the problem... does that mean crib mattresses in the US aren't wrapped or otherwise modified to prevent gases from leaking out?
CORRECT.

I think some companies make a cover like in NZ. but mostly we have to wrap them ourselves. and they refuse to educate. I was shocked the whole world doesnt know this yet
 

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I've really be struggling with this one. I had heard of this a number of years ago before I became pregnant. It's just about time to buy a crib mattress and I'm having such a hard time with it. Knowing the potential harm I'd really like to go organic but the expense is making that hard. There is even a local company that makes organic mattresses but at almost $400...
What I can't seem to figure out is how to rate the risk. A freshly painted nursery, carpeting, etc. I guess I could wrap it, but it just seems wrong to have the toxic mattress in the first place. I'm very torn.
 

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I ordered a mattress cover for the co-sleeper that we plan to use for the first few months after I read this info when I was in the middle of my pregnancy (I am at the end now). It is pretty much a plastic bag, but it gave me some peace of mind. I had a little trouble getting it, and ended up getting a call from Dr. Sprott himself after I emailed in a complaint! I certainly think that he has a valid point that many SIDS deaths could be caused by toxic gasses, but I personally think that many of the deaths labeled SIDS could also come from other causes (such as vaccination injury and undiagnosed spinal injury from death). It makes me sick that the mattresses in this country are so filled with toxic crap -- as though breathing chemicals is so much less important than the chance of baby's mattress bursting into flames. The one criticism that I have of Dr. Sprott's work is that he refuses to address bed sharing. I know that I will have my baby in bed with me sometimes, probably for some of every night. Dr. Sprott says that adult mattresses have the same toxins in them as crib mattresses, but refuses to have any conversations (as far as I can see) with parents who want to protect the baby from those toxins except for saying not to bring baby into your bed. That bothers me, because of all the other benefits of co-sleeping. I wish I knew this info before we purchased our mattress, but I am not about to go get another one
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As for crib mattresses, I also thought most of the organic mattresses were WAY overpriced and most of them were not even waterproof! I ended up getting one of these mattresses, which seemed more reasonably priced (about $200) and is guaranteed to be free of the chemicals that Dr. Sprott talks about:

http://www.naturepedic.com/

I think as parents, we just have to use our intuition about what is safe for our baby. For some of us, I think that means keeping our baby close, even if our mattress has some chemicals in it. For the times when baby is alone, however, it seems like keeping toxins away is a good step to take, if only for peace of mind.
 

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welll we just bought a new bed and I'm kinda freaking out here... all 4 of us will be sleeping in it. We also got an expensive mattress protector (waterproof) that doesn't feel like you're laying on plastic, and in that one article it says not to use those. I wonder why? I really don't want to sleep on drop-cloth plastic, yuck, but I guess I'll have to talk to dh about it now.
 

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I am so thankful to have read this article. I didn't see in the article where it said the waterproof mattress covers were a bad idea too...which article had that?

So now I am left wondering about all baby bedding stuff...do all baby bedding products have these chemicals in them? Are all baby bedding products made fire retardant? In regards to chemicals, should I be concerned with the comforter/bumper/sheet set that I bought? Aren't baby pajamas made flame retardant up until a certain size, should I be concerned about these items too? My mind is now spinning...

Thanks ladies!

Have a healthy day!
 

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okay I read that study when it was published, in one of my classes, and I believe that part of it was a correlation, not a cause. In other words, while using the wrapping, parents paid more attention to sleep surfaces, and also stopped using sheep skins which were previously linked with sids deaths. I will go back and read it again, I think it is the same one.
 

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What do you all think about wool covers for the bed. Do you think they would prevent chemicals from seeping out? I was going to go to the surplus store and buy a few wool blankets to cover my beds with. I would love opinions.
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Originally Posted by BlueIrises

So now I am left wondering about all baby bedding stuff...do all baby bedding products have these chemicals in them? Are all baby bedding products made fire retardant? In regards to chemicals, should I be concerned with the comforter/bumper/sheet set that I bought? Aren't baby pajamas made flame retardant up until a certain size, should I be concerned about these items too? My mind is now spinning...
Well, I'm not sure about all baby bedding, but I do know that pajamas don't have to be flame retardant. I make a point to by only cotton pjs for my dd. They have a tag on them that tells you they're not treated, so you have to buy them snug fitting. I don't spend a fortune on them either. I buy them at Target. In general, if you buy polyester pjs, they will be treated with the flame retardant chemicals. The "Just One Year" brand I buy starts at the 12 month size, I think. You can find cotton sleepers for younger babies also, though.

We bought a king sized organic cotton futon because we cosleep. We cover it with a pure wool pad to keep wetness away from the futon. I think sleeping on plastic would make you sweat like crazy, no? It was pricey, but less expensive than buying an organic mattress. I actually just ordered an organic twin futon for my dd, who will probably move into her own bed soon. I could've spent less on a cheap kids' mattress from Ikea, but I'm just worried about the chemicals in regular mattresses.
 

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Sleeping on a thick layer of polyethylene sounds SO UNCOMFORTABLE! Seriously, are ALL mattresses treated this way? How do you know when you buy one whether it is or not? Organic mattresses are not??? I'm so confused. We are about to buy a new bed so I'd like to make sure I buy something that'll be safe for my whole family to sleep in.
 

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Sleeping on a thick layer of polyethylene sounds SO UNCOMFORTABLE! Seriously, are ALL mattresses treated this way? How do you know when you buy one whether it is or not? Organic mattresses are not??? I'm so confused. We are about to buy a new bed so I'd like to make sure I buy something that'll be safe for my whole family to sleep in.
it likely varies country to country. when I get home (UK) my partner and I are getting futons so I have a mental note to check content tags. the flame retardation kinda interests me anyways, I mean, what's it to protect against? smoking in bed? and how many people are dumb enough to do that? how odd. and if I spontaneously combust, I dont think having a mattress treated will really help. considereing most deaths from fire are from smoke inhalation, not the fire so to speak, it seems weird to be treating mattresses with....arsenic.
 

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That is so neat. All 3 of us slept on a mattress covered in plastic because of leaks and my dd and ds did as well for the same reason up till coupla months when we moved them into our bed. and i put plastic under them to keep leaks form getting into the mattress.
 
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