Hey there Colin, it's Daddy again. I have been rereading some of my own posts, other's posts, articles (even the stupid ones), and comments that people leave on sites and blogs, and I have come to a conclusion...most people in this world really need to better educate themselves before typing some of the things they do. In terms of "understanding" SIDS, people REALLY need to better educate themselves. Yes, this lady (ref) is still an idiot, but many of the comments in response to her idiocy are almost as bad. Everyone seems to have a theory of what causes SIDS, and most of the theories are nothing more than uneducated speculation. I do not necessarily blame the individual, rather the collective community for buying into irrational hypotheses about toxic mattresses or ones that are too hard or too soft, or to co-sleep or not co-sleep and the best way(s) to practice co-sleeping, or various other already medically debunked reasons. What we all need to do is read real medically sound research papers and write to the organizations that publish this information to ask for more detailed reports in order to get a better understanding of SIDS.
Finding this information is no longer that difficult if you have time and an internet connection. For starters, JAMA, NIH, Children's Hospital Boston, or Harvard Medical School are good places for sound medical science. Hopefully, when armed with credible information, those of us who have have a child die from SIDS can better educate each other and the general public that our babies did not suffocate, or die from the mattress we purchased, or the blanket we swaddled you in, or child abuse. The reason for autopsies in SIDS cases is to rule out all of these (and more) things as possible causes, thus the words "SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME" on the death certificate. So, before opening mouths and inserting feet, try a little education...it never hurts...ok, maybe a little after 10 pages of medical journals...but please read and ask questions. It will help every parent out there if people understood that SIDS is, was, and never will be our fault, because I am tired of reading articles and comments that try to blame and shame us.
Thanks for listening to Daddy's two cents, Colin. Hopefully they a worth far more than face value.
I love you!