Good news - SIDS isn't a crap shoot
A study came out last week that incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rise 33% on New Years Day. Why? Because that's when parents drink.
The Tribune ran an article
December 12 revealing crib bumpers and other obstructions in cribs are rarely reported or factored into SIDS reporting.
Apparently the crippling fear that my baby was just going to suddenly die for no reason was probably not warranted because the convenient fact that parental negligence is ignored in SIDS case reporting. Wow. I wasted my life in 2009.
I'm not saying that all cases of SIDS are total crap, but it's obvious the character of the phenemenon is vastly skewed in the available resources. Supposedly the scare goes like this: No one knows what causes sudden infant death, but somehow perfectly healthy, normal babies just die on the spot for no reason.
Well. Now we have research that SIDS cases spike on holidays that involve drinking and that crib mattresses and obstructions are not reported as factors in SIDS cases. Healthy babies aren't just dying for no reason! They are suffocating or otherwise neglected. So if you happen to be a neurotic, hormone drenched mom on the terrifying brink of the collapse of your sanity (me! 2009!) just relax. It now appears that real, true cases of completely mysterious SIDS deaths are fewer and further between than previously thought.
God forbid this worst of all nightmares should occur and my heart goes out to any parent who has lost a child regardless of what happened, but as a mother and second-time-mother-to-be, I have to take comfort in these new findings. In short, it's not necessary to become a zombie -lacking food, sleep and sanity- in order to stare at a baby 24 hours a day.
Whew. New mamas can chill out now that this piece of the world has been contained into a cause-and-effect box and is no longer left to the mystery of chance! Woot.