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SIDS article I read.i dont get it

In the article it stated that CO-Sleeping increased the chances of sids and it was like half of all SIDS occure while co-sleeping.okay i got that part, but it then said that these "SIDS" cases occured either while Co-sleeping on the couch, or while the mother or a partner was under the influence or intoxicated. So wouldnt that lead a person to conclude that the death was probably by suffocation?? How can you call something like that SIDS? i'm just not sure i quite get it.

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Asked by loves_her_baby at 5:49 PM on Oct. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • anything can lead to SIDS.

    reading all the studies and articles will just exhaust and destroy your ability to parent the way your instincts dictate. just do what you feel is right

    look on the next study and you'll see everything in THAT article contradicted.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:51 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Good point. But remember that these studies are not always accurate. when something happens they have to document it whether its truly related or not. I agree with the scenario of suffocation but autopsies can conclude that. Its a sad thing that happens and I dont think we ever really know why

    Answer by Steph319 at 5:52 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • I think that sometimes/most times/all times people/media generalize SIDS to anything that causes a baby to die unexpectedly. ie Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, suffocation while co-sleeping, sleeping with stuffed animals, choking on spit up, ect. is all lumped in with SIDS

    Answer by Hulkgrrl at 5:53 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • I think the doctors need to rename the problem. Considering "sudden" means without warning. So if these things happen then they cant genuinley explain why

    Answer by Steph319 at 5:54 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • The doctors don't know what causes SIDs. If you co-sleep, there is a possibility of rolling onto the baby and suffocating it. Paramedics and doctors don't like to see this. That is why it is recommended that you not co-sleep. It, also, prevents you from having problems getting you child to sleep when you finally do decide to put your baby in his/her own bed.

    Answer by dustbunny at 6:15 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • people get SIDS and suffication wrong. They are not the same thing... so I would just think of the article as saying... all of those things increase the risks of suffication.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 6:27 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Suffocation is suffocation, SIDS is SIDS. They are not the same thing, nor are they part of each other.

    No one knows what causes SIDS. All the article was saying (and I strongly advise you to find the STUDY and not rely on someone else's interpretation of the study) is that among those cases of SIDS where co-sleeping was involved...couch sleeping or intoxication was involved. It doesn't mean co-sleeping in and of itself is a risk of sids, but sleeping on the couch or co-sleeping while drunk seems to be.

    In studies like this you also want to be sure that the sample were actually SIDS deaths, autopsies were preformed and no other cause of death was found.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:28 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Distortion of facts.
    That wouldn't be SIDs it would be suffocation or rolling over on your baby.
    Co-sleeping actually HELPS regulate a young baby's breathing patterns.
    SIDs is when a baby dies, in it's sleep, with no sign or illness, suffocation, complications...just a mysterious death.
    Suffocation and SIDs are not the same thing.
    Negligence and SIDs are not the same thing.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:33 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • I completely agree with teh last two posts. Co-sleeping when done safely is extremely safe.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:38 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • SIDS is called crib death for a reason.

    Cosleeping helps to regulate a baby's breathing, as PP stated, as long as it is done in a safe way.

    Suffocation and SIDS are two different things--intoxicated or overweight people should not cosleep. Neither should anyone sleep on a couch with a baby. That's just common sense.

    Answer by epoh at 7:57 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

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