Ubiquitous, ordinarily harmless household fungi and certain microorganisms cohabit in bed with baby.
Consuming legally required fire retardant and other chemicals in mattress and bedding and whipped into greater activity by remnants of detergents and similar chemicals, these organisms generate neurotoxic gases about 1, times more poisonous than carbon monoxide. Cot mattress biodeterioration and SIDS. Sudden infant death syndrome: A possible primary cause.
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Jour Forensic Sci Soc ; The Cot Death Cover-up? The Infant Survival Guide: Victory over crib death.
They are heavier than air, and so a baby sleeping face-up is less likely to inhale a lethal dose. Current epidemiology of SIDS. Jour Clinical Pathology ; 45 suppl: Arsenic speciation in the environment. They quickly dissipate unnoticed by parent or caregiver.
A child older than about one year or an adult so exposed would react to the severe headache the gases cause.
There were no immediately definitive results. Abstract Mortality from sudden infant death syndrome SIDS has decreased substantially from the late s. The battle to reduce to toll of infant deaths in Scotland goes on However, he said Scotland's baby box policy was "very different".
The chemicals which are formed and the toxic gases are also present in sheepskins and other "natural" bedding such as tea-tree bark fibers, widely used in Australia and New Zealand. Tea-tree bark normally contains phosphorus, since the trees excrete toxins into their bark.
Fungal spores remain after a baby has slept in a crib, and so on arrival of a second baby gas production starts sooner and in greater volume.
For later infants and for those of low-income single mothers the risk is higher still.
The risk of re-use of mattresses is graphically shown by the statistic that when there has been a cot death in a family the risk of a second cot death is 1 in 65, that is 50 to times the risk of the first cot death. Sudden death in infancy: See Al-Bayati Mohammed A. Any increase in temperature of baby, mattress and bedding makes the fungi more active; they then generate gases faster. Warming mattress and bedding, in contact with the baby, from Neurological disorders following live measles- virus vaccination.
Jour Amer Med Assoc. New Zealand Ministry of Health, statement, ; Dec. Sprott estimates the number of babies who have been so protected, in New Zealand and elsewhere, now totals at least , There has still been no report of a cot death in a baby who was so protected.
By contrast, during the six years in which BabeSafe covers have been in use, about New Zealand babies not sleeping on such covers have died of cot death.
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