My answers are ,yes,yes, and yes.
However, multiple deaths in children attributed to
SIDS are suspicious of child abuse.
In a paper I did about 187 cases of identified child
abuse, there was an alarming 5 "SIDS" deaths
amongst the siblings.
Dr. Michael G. Ryan
The Child Protection Unit
The New Children's Hospital
PO. Box 3515
Parramatta NSW 2124
Tel +61 2 98452493
Fax + 61 2 98452495
E-mail : hidden@email-address/au
>>> Tammy Jones
15/November/1999 03:56pm >>>
I have worked with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
causes for about 14
years. Recently a discussion on one of their lists
came up about
pediatric medical professionals and their
knowledge of current SIDS
literature, the lack of funding for professional
There was expressed concern that because SIDS
is a diagnosis made "after
the fact" and beyond the scope of a practitioner's
"diagnose and treat,"
that education among practitioner's is needed.
One pediatric resident
on the list reported being told by a professor in
medical school that
SIDS was often child abuse (which is a
dangerously false statement).
So - I was curious and thought I'd pose the following
1) Do you know about national and/or local
agencies to refer parents to
and do you keep literature or other information in
2) Do you feel confident in your knowledge of
3) Do you counsel parents not only on the "Back to
Sleep" issues, but
other risk reduction guidelines, such as the soft
bedding, smoking or
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