[NFIMR] Ambient environmental factors related to SIDS?

Patricia Tackitt ptackitt at comcast.net
Tue Jun 21 16:03:46 EDT 2011

Hi Kelly and Anne,
I appreciate Kelley's wisdom.  We've been seeing the same thing, for  
many years.

We had 5 babies die in a 2 day period in Wayne Co, MI in July either  
last year, or maybe it was 2009.  When we finished the investigations  
the risks were 4 - unsafe sleep in bedsharing situations with mom and  
sibs, and one died in soft bedding, in adult bed, prone, alone.   
Sleeping baby supine, in a safety approved crib, with nothing in the  
crib but the baby and a pacifier - saves lives. We totally support  
room sharing, but not bedsharing.

I work on FIMR in Michigan, in Wayne Co and on CDRT in Wayne Co and  
Detroit.  We do not find SIDS deaths and have not for over 8 years,   
We find suffocations, some accidental manners and some homicide.

Pat Tackitt RN, MS
WCMEO - Pediatric Mortality Investigations
FIMR - Detroit, MI
734 306-3452

On Jun 20, 2011, at 5:12 PM, Kelley Bowden wrote:

> I am not aware of other factors.  We are looking at the issues  
> related to SUID, as we have also had several deaths while bed- 
> sharing with an adult.  We have done extensive literature reviews  
> and have not found any environmental factors (other than the usual  
> cigarette smoking, over-heating).
> People often quote Japan as having the lowest SIDS rates, but I  
> recently learned that their bed sharing deaths are classified as  
> suffocation deaths, not SIDS deaths.
> We are continuing to critique these deaths.  At this point it looks  
> like bed sharing in an adult bed is a high risk situation and should  
> be avoided.
> Kelley
> Kelley Bowden, MS, RN
> Perinatal Outreach Education
> Maine Medical Center
> 22 Bramhall Street
> Portland, ME 04102
> bowdek at mmc.org
> 207-662-2696 or 662-2167
>>>> "Packham, Anne" <Anne.Packham at cincinnati-oh.gov> 6/15/2011 2:27  
>>>> PM >>>
> Greetings,
> We recently had three otherwise healthy babies died of SUID within  
> three
> days within about a two mile radius.  Granted, all of them were
> co-sleeping in an adult bed. But I wondered if anyone is aware of any
> research on possible environmental (ambient) factors that could be
> related to sudden infant death.
> Thanks,
> Anne Packham MPH
> Fetal and Infant Mortality Review
> Cincinnati Health Department
> 3101 Burnet Ave., Rm. 202
> Cincinnati, OH  45229
> phone (513) 357-7266
> fax      (513) 357-7434
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