Saturday, 16 October 2010

SIDS: statistics without sourcing

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010,
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, claims the lives of about 2,500 children every year. However, the scariest part about SIDS is that parents are often left without any answers.
Charlie Contant and Jeff Sullivan, committee members of the SIDS Race For Life, and Barry Metayer, who's young son died of SIDS tells us about SIDS, and how you can get involved in finding a cure.
SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant, usually under one year of age, and after the autopsy there's no explanation for how it happened. It usually happens very quietly; peacefully, perhaps, and usually during sleep hours.
Through the SIDS Race for Life some of the money raised will go to support SIDS research in this area.
Back in 1990, the SIDS rate was actually double what it is now. In the early 1990's and starting in 1994, a Back to Sleep campaign came out, which basically encouraged parents to put their children to sleep on their backs, rather than on their stomachs.
Doctors at that time felt that would have some impact, and it actually has. It reduced the rate by about half. Others are substance abuse, alcohol use during pregnancy, soft mattresses, sleeping with other adults or children. Also cluttered bed sites and things like that have been part of the cause.
Barry tells us that it's an apparently healthy child, like his son was who was 9 days old. When they put him to sleep, he was healthy and with no problems. But, when they woke up the next morning, he had died. He said there's no way to tell it's going to happen; no way to predict it's going to happen. They thought it might have been crib death. They tried to resuscitate him by doing CPR, etc. Barry says the police and the ambulance were there right away and did a great job trying to revive him, but it was too late

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