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Cot Death Warning - research misenterpreted says expert

(11 Posts)
AnyGhoulKno Thu 22-Oct-09 20:14:06

Very clearly set out in this article in the guardian -

If half of cot deaths occurred whilst the child was in the bed, then half occurred whilst the child was in a cot. Therefore, co-sleeping in a bed presents no increased risk, (where no drugs or drink have been taken)

In actual fact, the 54% of cot deaths that occurred whilst co-sleeping include those where parent was sleeping with the child on a sofa, and those where parents were under influence of drink or drugs at the time.

VulpusinaWilfsuit Thu 22-Oct-09 20:18:33

Oh good - I do think Fleming is the right person to listen to on this issue. I missed this when it was in the paper so thanks for posting it.

I do hope he will come onto MN and do a webchate?

AnyGhoulKno Thu 22-Oct-09 20:21:51

I missed it at the time too, luckily someone posted on the Bad Science forum in response to widowwadman's thread on there (speaking of which, widowwadman has to be a MNer, shurely?)

SCARYspicemonster Thu 22-Oct-09 20:24:50

I am bloody furious with the FSID. Have a look at this thread. So they fund the research, put their logo on the UNICEF leaflet which is issued as a result but still carry on saying that its dangerous

Aaaargh angryangryangry

AnyGhoulKno Thu 22-Oct-09 20:31:40

You're right the whole thing is really infuriating. I was outraged at the interview on BBC news the other day with a Doctor whose name I can't remember who was extremely patronising. Sian was interviewing him, bearing in mind she has a small baby and must have some feelings on this, she did well to stay impartial but he was adamant that you MUST NOT share a bed with your baby in any circumstances and that you should sit in a chair to breastfeed at night.

EdgarAllenPoo Thu 22-Oct-09 20:36:49

despite sleepin gin a chair being one of the most dangerous things!! angry

QueenOfFrighteningEveryone Thu 22-Oct-09 20:37:24

WidowWadman is an MNer isn't she?

I am a bit hmm at FSID's absolute insistence that bedsharing is dangerous whatever the circumstances. When Prof. Whatsit did th webchat on MN a while back he was so anti-co-sleeping yet had so little actual evidence to show that planned safe bedsharing was dangerous.

Bollocks to sitting in a chair, just bollocks. It simply not workable with a BF on demand baby, and IMO is far more dangerous that bedsharing with appropriate precautions.

EdgarAllenPoo Thu 22-Oct-09 20:46:21

his claim that it wa known how people sleep is v wrong..i mean, mw saw cot in my ticks 'cot in parents room' box -

whereas, baby slept alone first part of night (in cot), then with us in the room..then almost always next to me by morning.

had baby been ill and grumbly, would have been next to me all night....

load of tosh.

AnyGhoulKno Thu 22-Oct-09 20:55:01

The fact is, people WILL co-sleep, because it feels natural and it means you all get a better night's sleep. It is madness to drive this underground so that people don't get the information they need on doing it safely.

SCARYspicemonster Thu 22-Oct-09 20:59:11

I agree AnyGhoulKno - I am quite tempted to write to FSID and ask them why they insist on interpreting the results of the study wrongly?

AnyGhoulKno Thu 22-Oct-09 21:18:36

I think this is a case of confirmation bias on FSIDs part - where onepyschologically filters information to confirm what they already thought.

I will be contacting them too, scary

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