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#1    nicole32

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 05:43 AM

if crib deaths (SIDS) are caused by the fire retardants in baby mattress'  
why doesn't our country ban those chemicals?



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Posted 11 June 2006 - 06:13 AM

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if crib deaths (SIDS) are caused by the fire retardants in baby mattress'  
why doesn't our country ban those chemicals?


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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.
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 07:18 AM

As a new mother to a 5 month old I am very aware of this and it has made me nervous. However with the right information parents can do enough to reduce this risk.

Baby Mattresses  were one of the things that Doctors and specialists believed could be a factor  and since the manufacturers have made them so that the risk is reduced. All mattresses sold in shops now are designed to reduce the risk. The advice now is never to use a second hand mattress and always to buy a new one for each new baby.

The other ways to reduce the risks include:

-Put your baby to sleep on her back in the foot to toe position.

-Don't smoke during pregnancy and don't allow smoking around your baby.

-Use firm, flat bedding.

-Avoid overheating your baby.

-Breastfeed your baby if you can.

-Take your baby for regular check-ups.

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However in most cases of SID's the cause is unknown to why some babies die this way and less than half of post mortems will reveal the actual cause.

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What causes cot death?
A thorough post mortem examination will reveal a specific cause of death in less than  half of all cot deaths. Causes may include accidents, infection, congenital abnormality or metabolic disorder.  For the cases that remain unexplained (SIDS), researchers think there are likely to be undiscovered causes .  For many it is likely that a combination of factors affect a baby at a vulnerable stage of development.
  

A very good link to information on SID's can be found here: LINK

A good website for Pregnancy and Parenting info: Here

Edited by Lottie, 11 June 2006 - 07:45 AM.


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Posted 11 June 2006 - 07:38 AM

Disclaimer: These are people's thoughts and opinions on this subject and  these posts are not here or intended to be used for Medical Advice or Opinions. If you need advice please speak to a Doctor, Paedeatrician, Health Visitor. If for any reason you think your baby is unwell please seek the assistance of a medical professional or dial emergency for an ambulance immediately.


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Posted 11 June 2006 - 07:56 AM

have SID cases ceased?  decreased?  is it happening as frequently/more frequently?


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Posted 11 June 2006 - 08:06 AM

sids still happens, sad. Its most likely any number of things that can go wrong in the first year. Humans are very fragile, especially at infantcy.

To add to lottie's list, Ive been told that pacifiers remind babies to breathe while sleeping. Both of my boys had em, got the oldest one off of them at 2.  It isnt too hard to break the habit.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 08:24 AM

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have SID cases ceased?  decreased?  is it happening as frequently/more frequently?


I don't think SID's will cease, there are babies who are born with defects that are not known of until they die, as UA says a number of things could go wrong in the first year of life, this time is the most vulnerable. I am pretty sure I have read though that SID's has decreased in the UK and is happening less frequently especially since 1991 when the goverment did a major campaign called Back to Sleep, i.e putting babies on backs to sleep.  I will try and find some statistics.


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To add to lottie's list, Ive been told that pacifiers remind babies to breathe while sleeping. Both of my boys had em, got the oldest one off of them at 2.  It isnt too hard to break the habit.


Yes, there was recent  report about this,  that Pacifiers (Dummy's here in the UK) reduced the risk by as you say reminding them to breathe. Here is an article:

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Dummies 'reduce the risk' of cot death

Dummies can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), reported seven newspapers. The articles were based on a well-conducted case-control study which found an association between the use of dummies and risk of SIDS. The study does not provide evidence for a causal link between the two.

On 9 December 2005 seven newspapers (1-7) reported that giving babies dummies when they sleep can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The story was based on a study that compared 185 infants whose death was attributed to SIDS with 312 randomly selected infants of similar age and ethnicity (8). After adjusting for possibly influential variables, the study found a 92 percent reduction in the risk of SIDS in infants who used dummies compared with infants who did not use dummies.

The newspapers were generally accurate in their reports of the study. However, it should be noted that although the study was well-conducted, it only provides evidence of an association between the use of dummies and reduced risk of SIDS; it is not proof of a causal link between the two. All but one newspaper reported that parents who choose to use dummies should be careful to use them every night. This advice was not based on the findings of this study.


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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:48 AM

[quote name='__Kratos__' date='Jun 11 2006, 06:13 AM' post='1226927']
blink.gif You have a source for that claim?


Here is the link to the facts!

http://www.healthychild.com/cribdeathcause.htm


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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:56 AM

there is no proof of what is causing SIDS i however believe that the children are just simply suffocating to death when they sleep. i think that some infants are born with a respitory problem that causes this. if you think about it, it makes sense  thumbsup.gif

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:07 AM

opinions vary, that's why we post


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Posted 12 June 2006 - 08:07 PM

I hate hearing about a lil one dying of SIDS...it breaks my heart

I remember bearly an hour or so after I gave birth to Becky...my stupid brother calls my  cell phone and tells me crongrats on becky...then goes on to tell me about the 8 week old babys furneral that had died from SIDS....I froze up...that night I couldnt take my eyes off becky...I wouldnt sleep...it was a nightmare blink.gif


A midwife told me that if you tuck your lil infant in tight using a blanket around its waste...and tuck it under the lil mattress in the mosses basket...your infant will find it really hard to move itself...so it can really prevent SIDS from happening...also a  passifier.gif passifier help too as it helps the baby drift into a light sleep...

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 07:14 AM

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Reading that site... Look on the bottom.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Use the information provided here as an educational resource for determining your options and making your own informed choices. Healthy Child does NOT make ANY claims that purchasing a non-toxic mattress or wrapping a mattress will prevent SIDS since there are too many unknown factors involved with SIDS.


I wish we knew the cause, but nobody does. Babies are the purest humans and I hate to hear about them dying. hmm.gif

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 06:27 PM

My newest baby sister Marie was born March 20, and my mom was TERRIFIED of SIDS. She even had a baby monitor on both sides of her bed so she'd be sure to hear it no matter where she slept.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 07:13 PM

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My newest baby sister Marie was born March 20, and my mom was TERRIFIED of SIDS. She even had a baby monitor on both sides of her bed so she'd be sure to hear it no matter where she slept.

Thats understandable.....when you where a baby she most likely did the same ...well more or less yes.gif

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 02:34 AM

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Thats understandable.....when you where a baby she most likely did the same ...well more or less yes.gif


i will definantly do the same with my children! even when there not sleeping i would be so careful with them  blush.gif

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