Wednesday, May 20, 2009


So, I have been a bad girl and have gone against the pediatricians advise and I put Mia on her tummy for naps. She doesn't sleep very good during the day and I have found that if I lie her on her tummy she sleeps much better. Honestly I don't care if people call me a bad mother. I figure her getting better sleep out weighs the risk of SIDS. My mom always put me to sleep on my tummy and I was okay. So, I am going to continue putting Mia on her tummy for naps.


Grand Pooba said...

Yeah, babies grew up just fine taking naps on their tummies before all those studies came out, which are only there to make paranoid mothers more paranoid.

Hendricksonblog said...

Amen to that. I love this pic of her. Lisa puts her babies on their tummies too. that back sleeping makes their heads freakishly shaped anyway.

The Royals said...

I put all three of my kids on their tummies. They didn't come out with that warning until Matthew, but they all slept so much better that way.

TSC said...

I'm just surfing the net for sids info and came across your blog. Stomach sleep is definitely much healthier than back sleep. It's also much more natural so you are giving your kid a gift by not falling prey to the hysteria generated by the medical profession. BTW, the chairperson of SIDS research in the U.S., Dr. John Kattwinke, had a child die at 3 days of age so it's justifiable why he has created such hysteria over SIDS. Nonetheless he's too biased because of his own loss and really is unsuited for the position.
Here's a few things different researchers have pointed out:

“Since the implementation of the “Back to Sleep” campaign, therapists are seeing increasing numbers of kindergarten-aged children who are unable to hold a pencil.”
Susan Syron, Pediatric Physical Therapist

“In its fundamental purpose it has been largely successful. The incidence of SIDS has been reduced dramatically. However, as many orthotists can attest, this important gain has not been without its lesser comorbidities. The one we tend to think of has been the rapid increase in the incidence of positional plagiocephaly and positional brachycephaly. However, there have been whispers and rumors of other effects.”

“There are indications of a rapidly growing population of infants who show developmental abnormalities as a result of prolonged exposure to the supine position.”
Dr. Ralph Pelligra - ScientificWorld Journal Article - 2005

Suffocation Rates went up 14% per year every year between 1996 and 2004. 1996 was the year that the back sleep only advice was recommended by the AAP. (Shapiro-Mendoz, Journal of Pediatrics, 2009)

“A lot of us are concerned that the rate (of SIDS) isn’t decreasing significantly, but that a lot of it is just code shifting,’ said John Kattwinkel, chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s special task force on SIDS.”
Scripps Howard News Service Interview

Also, infants who sleep supine compared to infants who sleep in the prone position have higher risks of the following developmental delays and deformities:
- Social skills delays at 6 months (Dewey, Fleming, et al, 1998)
- Motor skills delays at 6 months (Dewey, Fleming, et al, 1998)
- Supine Sleep causes increased rates of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) (Corvaglia, 2007)
- Milestone delays (Davis, Moon, et al., 1998)
- Increased duration of sleep apnea episodes during REM sleep at both 2.5 months and 5 months (Skadberg, Markestad, 1997)
- 6% decrease in sleep duration (Kahn, Grosswasser, et al.,1993)
- 1 in 300 infants had plagiocephaly in 1974 (Graham, Gomez, et al., 2005)
- 1 in 60 infants had plagiocephaly in 1996 (Graham, Gomez, et al., 2005)

"Federal records show a dramatic decline in reported cases of SIDS, dropping from 4,895 cases in 1992 to only 2,247 in 2004, the most recent year for which complete data is available. The records reviewed by Scripps showed that cases of SIDS virtually disappeared in some states and cities over the last several years, but closer examination of the data makes it evident that thousands of those lives have not been ‘saved,’ but rather lost under another name. Coroners and medical examiners said SIDS was responsible for nearly 80 percent of all sudden infant deaths 15 years ago and only 55 percent in 2004. What increased during this time were diagnoses that CDC statisticians labeled as "threats to breathing" and ‘other ill-defined causes of mortality.’"
Bowman and Hargrove, Scripps Howard News Service