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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Network's
Electronic Newsletter

Reaching Out
Issue 200102
February 1, 2001

SIDS Network Web Site Sponsorship

For the month of February 2001 the SIDS Network web site is sponsored by John F. Maloney in memory of daughter Laura Maloney (10/7/67-1/9/68) and her Mother Denise Maloney (10/26/47-12/26/00).

It is not too late to sponsor the SIDS Network web site in selected months for 2001 and 2002.
Information about sponsorship of the web site can be found at:
http://sids-network.org/your_donation_can_help_the_sids_.htm 

Contents:
1. Connecticut Day Care Owner Liable In SIDS Death
2. Selected RECALLS, ALERTS, and NEWS from CPSC
3. Make Donations to help the SIDS Network

1. Connecticut Day Care Owner Liable In SIDS Death

Articles hit the news on January 31, 2001 regarding 'Day Care Owner Liable In SIDS Death'. The news refers to one of the first judgments of its kind in the state of Connecticut, where a six-member jury found the day care owner liable in the death of an infant who died 12/8/98 because she failed to take steps that might have prevented the child's death by allowing the infant to sleep on her stomach, even though she knew that particular sleeping position was associated with a higher risk of SIDS. More information follows. We have received many e-mail messages asking for more information. We need to help people separate myth from fact and risk factor from cause. We will post information as it becomes available to us.

Please keep the following in mind:

- When it comes to media coverage of SIDS, we often feel a sense of frustration in being confronted with misleading headlines, announcements of so-called breakthroughs and statements taken out of context.

- Please read the article, "Mass Media's" Role in SIDS Education, at http://sids-network.org/media.htm 

- A study that appears in PEDIATRICS Vol. 106 No. 2 August 2000, pp. 295-300 concludes that a large proportion (20.4%) of SIDS cases occur in child care settings. Factors associated with SIDS in child care settings include older age, race, and highly educated parents. Previous studies have reported that unaccustomed prone sleeping puts infants at high risk for SIDS; this characteristic was found to be associated with SIDS in child care and may partly explain the high proportion of SIDS cases in child care settings. Parents must discuss sleep position with any caretakers of their infants. In addition, further efforts to educate child care providers about the importance of supine sleep for infants must be ongoing.

- Risk factors by themselves do not cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but can have a negative effect on infant well-being. In fact, as many as two thirds of SIDS victims have no known risk factors, and, most babies with one or more of these risk factors will not become SIDS victims. Additional information regarding Risk Factors can be found at:
http://sids-network.org/risk.htm 

- Additional Reducing the Risk for SIDS (23 translations in 18 languages) information can be found at:
http://sids-network.org/basic.htm 

- Additional Sleep-Related issues with SIDS can be found at:
http://sids-network.org/experts.htm 
covering such topics as:

- Bed Sharing and SIDS including the new CPSC report results (8/3/97) & (9/29/99)
- Flat Heads and Back To Sleep (8/28/99)
- Why the prone position is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (8/6/99)
- Selected information related to CO2 and rebreathing (5/8/99)
- Questions and Answers for Professionals on Infant Sleeping Position and SIDS (3/21/99)
- Mattress Link to Cot Death Ruled Out (12/11/98)
- My Baby Will Not Sleep On It's Back (9/19/98)
- SIDS Researcher seeking information (7/21/98)
- SIDS, suffocation, asphyxia, and sleeping position (7/20/98)
- Sleep Study Questions (5/3/98)
- How to talk to relatives who appear to the SIDS parent to be reckless (3/8/98)
- Changes that affect the ability to breathe which occur as an infant grows into a child (3/3/98)
- Putting Babies "Back To Sleep" Does Not Impede Development (1/12/98)
- How long should babies be placed on their backs? (8/20/97)
- Apparent Struggling and SIDS (5/11/97)
- What does 30% reduction in SIDS rate mean?(4/20/97)
- Use Of Wedges To Promote Side Sleeping (4/14/97)
- Prone position and prematurity; aspiration(4/14/97)
- Breathe Right Nasal Strips and SIDS (1/14/97)
- Sleep Position and SIDS: Update from the American Academy of Pediatrics (1/11/97)
- The Risk of Side Sleeping(11/12/96)
- Crib Bumpers and SIDS (10/13/96)
- Back to Sleep- What's a Parent to do? (8/1/96)
- I Put My Baby Down, Checked On Him 10 Minutes Later, And He Was Dead ... (3/16/96)
- There seems to be lots of concern about swaddling and the increased risk of SIDS (3/16/96)
- Is sleeping with my baby safe? Can it reduce the risk of SIDS? (7/95)

We are currently gathering more information about this specific case and will keep you updated.

2. Selected RECALLS, ALERTS, and NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product

Read the latest Safety Commission recalls, alerts, and news.
The information can be found at: http://sids-network.org/cpsc.htm 

3. Make Donations to the SIDS Network

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Each dollar counts. Any donation, no matter how small makes a difference.

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Additional opportunities to help can be found at: http://sids-network.org/your_donation_can_help_the_sids_.htm  and http://sids-network.org/ 

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