Saturday, June 24, 2006

Serious Warning About Crib Sheets

Just as the public is becoming more aware about mattress wrapping and the proven cause of SIDS (toxic gases), there is a product on the market that goes against this principle and is VERY dangerous. They are polyester fleece crib sheets, which are just as dangerous as mattress pads and the baby's mattress itself. You can learn more about what SHOULD go on a baby's bed, and if you don't want to bother visiting that link, just know that nothing but 100% cotton should go under the baby.

Will your doctor tell you this? No, probably not. It has been a decade long struggle to get the toxic gas theory for crib death and the mattress wrapping campaign into the mainstream, but as of today, only a few doctors know enough to educate their patients.

Will you see a recall of this product? Not likely. As long as mainstream researchers continue to ignore the evidence and neglect the general public, this product will appear innocent and non-threatening. No link will be made between synthetic and flame retardant products and crib death until the researchers wake up and face the truth.

What will happen if you use polyester fleece crib sheets? Possibly nothing. Or possibly the death of your baby. It isn't worth the risk...just don't use them. Many people think that the toxic gas theory is bogus since their baby slept perfectly fine on an old crib mattress. Or they may know someone that lost a baby who slept on a brand new mattress. It's real easy to accept or negate evidence based on what happens EVERY single time, but with crib death statistics it isn't that easy. No one knows *why* some mattresses are more dangerous than others, or why some babies are more susceptible to die from the toxic gases, but what we know is this: Since *NO* babies have died on wrapped mattresses (though babies continue dying on unwrapped mattresses) we know that mattress wrapping has essentially prevented crib death with 100% success. And those statistics support the validity of the toxic gas theory without question.

Just please do not use polyester fleece sheets underneath your baby aged 0-12 months. No matter how "comfy" they make them sound!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

SIDS 2006 Conference Abstract

SIDS 2006 Conference: The address on the success of mattress-wrapping for cot death prevention which the SIDS Scientific Program Committee turned down

Note: Following the initial decision of the SIDS Scientific Program Committee not to have an address on mattress-wrapping at the SIDS 2006 Conference, the Conference organisers asked for that decision to be re-considered. Once again, however, an address on mattress-wrapping was turned down.
In the lead-up to the SIDS 2006 Conference, internationally renowned cot death researchers in various countries expressed the view that the results of the New Zealand mattress-wrapping programme should be the subject of an address to the Conference.

Here is the Abstract of the address you didn't hear:

Cot Death - Cause and Prevention
Experiences in New Zealand 1995~2006

There is a general perception that the cause of cot death (also known as crib death or - erroneously - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) remains unknown. This is not so. The cause of cot death has been elucidated as being extremely toxic "nerve" gases generated by fungal activity on chemicals frequently present in cot mattresses and certain other bedding commonly used in babies' sleeping environments. The level of proof of this explanation renders it beyond reasonable doubt.

Interventions based on the toxic gas explanation have been widely advocated in two countries: first in Britain (1989), and far more intensively in New Zealand through an 11-year nationwide public information programme from December 1994 continuously to the present. Both interventions were followed by significant reductions in cot death which cannot be explained other than by the toxic gas proposition. Not one cot death has been reported on a mattress wrapped according to the author's specifications, whereas during that same period about 820 New Zealand babies have died of cot death, all on unwrapped mattresses so far as is known. Given the close examination of all cot deaths in New Zealand, nil reported deaths on wrapped mattresses effectively means that there have been no such deaths.

A simple inexpensive product designed for this intervention (the BabeSafe cover) has been widely used in New Zealand since August 1996, and covers have also been exported to parents in more than 30 countries since 1997. Likewise there have been no reports of cot death from any of the overseas parents who have adopted the mattress-wrapping protocol using BabeSafe covers.

Mattress-wrapping is a logical intervention based on the toxic gas explanation, and is an obvious corollary to that explanation. Since this intervention method is successful in preventing cot death, that outcome provides incontrovertible proof of the validity of the explanation. The success of mattress-wrapping for the prevention of cot death is such that it is incumbent on all persons and organisations who provide advice to parents about cot death prevention to inform parents of the New Zealand experience using this technique.

Refer: Cot Death - Cause and Prevention: Experiences in New Zealand 1995-2004, Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine 2004; 14(3):221-232.