A comment on SIDS guidelines
I've been wanting to say this for awhile but restrained myself for fear of opening a can of worms. The latest SIDS post has made me decide to do it.
I followed guidelines with P, she was in with us until just short of 6 months and with me for naps etc. Although i didn't freak out if i needed the loo or similar.
Can i just state though that the SINGLE biggest contributing factor to SIDS is a baby sleeping on its front. The statistics show so so so clearly that since campaign in the early 90s to put babies on their back deaths were reduced by (i forgot the exact figure) but i think about 80%.
When P was tiny she refused to sleep anywhere but on us or on her front. We were desperate and so i did extensive research on SIDS and guidelines and contributing factors. I read articles and journals and research papers etc etc. Without fail every source and statistic states that baby being on their back is THE most important thing. SO we didn't put her on her from we stayed up in shifts for nearly 3months holding her rather than put her on her front as i simply couldn't live with the 'what ifs'.
The reason i post this is because if someone mentions leaving the room with a sleeping baby for 5 minutes all hell breaks loose on here. People state guidelines etc etc. Am i'm not saying it's not an important guideline and that it shouldn't be pointed out. But i have seen time after time that people put their baby on their front 'because it works for them' or 'baby won't sleep any other way'. And no one quotes guidelines, no one contradicts them. WHich is unlike us, we're usually hot on pointing these things out. I can think of 4 or 5 well know MDers who have said loads of times they do this and no one has said anything (me included).
I just wanted to point this out. It's not aimed at anyone in particular but i worry sometimes that the BIGGEST SIDS risk factor is sometimes forgotten about it.
There. Said my bit and now i'll go to bed!!