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Question by jimbo
Submitted on 4/10/2004
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when was Sid's discovered, by who, and what did doctors do when this first started to occur?

Answer by Lee
Submitted on 6/7/2004
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SIDS started appearing in Western countries in the 1950's. It was relatively unknown beforehand and is still relatively unknown in countries such as Japan and Russia. It is not a medical issue. It is caused by toxic gases generated in baby mattresses. An interaction between a common fungus found in all mattresses and the compounds antimony, phosphorous and arsenic that are often present in mattress materials such as fire retardants. These compounds were only introduced by mattress manufacturers from the 1950's onwards, often by government regulation. This interaction can generate toxic gases that are lethal to small infants, shutting down their respiratory systems. These gases are heavier than air so babies placed on their backs are less susceptible. The reason you may not have heard of this theory is because medical authorities have always looked for a medical reason for SIDS, when in fact it is an environmental pollution issue. It is a statistical fact that the second, third and fourth + children in a family are more susceptible to SIDS than the first born. This appears strange until you understand why. Baby mattresses are usually re-used with each new infant. Used mattresses already have fungus in them which is quickly re-activated when brought to blood heat by a baby, leading to the generation of toxic gases more quickly than in a new mattress. The SIDS statistics for babies of solo parents are even higher due to the economic hardship of many solo parents leading them to buy, borrow or use second hand mattresses.
Information on this theory and how to wrap baby mattresses to shield infants from potential gases is available at:
cotlife2000.com; babysaver.org; babysake.com


Answer by Francine
Submitted on 8/16/2004
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We used a safe mattress, brand new and wrapped as recommended and our daughter still passed of SIDS........  there are several "theories and beliefs" and though I do believe that the above theory does hold some relavenence it is not a "cause" of SIDS.....  if it was toxic gases and fungus, then detections would show up within autopsy findings an with SIDS their presence is rarely detected.

SIDS is unknown and that is as far as our medical technology can state at this moment in time.


Answer by Francine
Submitted on 11/6/2004
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And just for the record, our Little princess had a brand new wrapped crib mattress, was a back sleeper and we are a very financially secure family who knew all the risk categories of SIDS and were very careful... thinking of course we could prevent the unpreventatable.  SIDS can not be prevented:(


Answer by amanda
Submitted on 12/28/2004
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i have a question about sids. who discovered it


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