"Of course sleeping right side up cuts the rates of infant death! The baby is further away from the mattress chemicals."
Thank you for continuing this discourse on SIDS. I don't know if you read the thread I started regarding the AAP's new sleep positioning directive,
but I included a link to a study that concluded infant deaths have remained constant, even in the face of the successful Back to Sleep campaign here
in the U.S. Here is a new article about that study:
U.S. Study: Recent decline in SIDS deaths illusory
"Deaths attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome dropped by half in the 1990s due to a campaign to put babies to sleep on their backs, but recently
reported declines are likely illusory, a study said on Monday.
Medical examiners, coroners and others charged with determining cause of death have been classifying more of the mysterious infant deaths as by
suffocation or from unknown causes rather than from SIDS, which itself is a general term for unexplained infant death...
During the same three-year period the overall infant death rate remained stable while deaths attributed to suffocation or unknown causes rose,
indicating blame was shifted away from SIDS, Malloy wrote."
This study would seem to indicate that change in sleep position had no effect on overall infant deaths as a group, noting that statistical analysis
suggests coroners, etc. were merely assigning a different cause of death other than SIDS, presenting the illusion of a decrease in SIDS occurrences.
It appears to be at odds with your ascertion that sleeping supine offers protection of the infant from chemicals in the mattresses.
If what this study says is true, than overall infant deaths are not decreasing, and sleeping supine offers no protection. This doesn't rule out that
mattress chemicals are a culprit, just that back sleeping has no effect on overal infant deaths, and they aren't decreasing. I would be very
interested in reading any additional published studies on mattress protection issues, as bells are ringing and I think I remember that being debunked
I am aware of New Zealand's efforts around baby sleep safety. Unlike the U.S., they have worked feverishly on education efforts and product
development to address deformational plagiocephaly prevention, starting with prenatal counseling and education of NICU personnel forward.
Deformational Plagiocephaly (misshapen skull) is acknowledged to have reached epidemic proportions by the AAP as a direct result of its successful
Back to Sleep campaign.