Previously published in Examiner
here is the conclusion to the baby sudden infant death syndrome series
Car seats and cause sudden-infant-death-syndrome
According to Dr. Robinson, "The head of the baby is heavier than the body. The neck muscle is not straight enough to let the neck rise so it falls,"
He recommends parents put their baby to sleep in a horizontal position, not a vertical position, and the crib would be the best place to sleep.
When parents have to make long trips with their infants, Dr. Robinson recommends that parent take their infants out of the car seat once an hour and walk around with them.
In 1991 – 2000, researchers at Montreal's McGill University have also found that sleeping in the sitting position could be fatal for an infant. The researchers analyzed the data of 500 hundred sudden unexpected deaths of Quebec babies under the age of one and found that 17 of these babies or 3.3 percent died mostly while seated in a car seat. The study was published in 2007, in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Coping with The Death Of Your Infant
As much as you try, the fact of the matter is, we still do not know why Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs. Do not blame yourself for bad parenting. Do not put yourself through the agony of feeling you could have saved the child, or you could have been a better parent. The coroner investigation ruled that the death was caused by asphyxiation due to the the cramped position of the baby sitting up in the car seat. This position stopped air from passing through the passage ways to the lungs and stopped the baby from breathing.
Do not bear this guilt alone, both you and your spouse are encouraged to join support groups for parents who have gone through the same tragedy as you have.
You may also want to seek couple counseling, and or a counselor if you are single. The death of a child can tear a family apart. Seek help for yourself and for your spouse.
Let your family and friends help you, don't isolate yourself and go through this terrible time alone.
Let yourself grieve, cry when you have to. Don't worry about keeping up appearances for others; you need to get it all out. Don't bottle it up. Grieving is a normal healthy response for such a tragic experience.