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.
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:
- Additional Reducing the Risk for SIDS (23 translations in 18 languages)
information can be found at:
- Additional Sleep-Related issues with SIDS can be found at:
- Bed Sharing and SIDS including the new CPSC report results (8/3/97) &
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