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Lack of consistency in safe-sleeping messages to parents

Roger W Byard, Glenda Cains, Helen Noblet and Maxine Weber
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (5): 319-320.
Published online: 3 March 2008

In reply: Our position on bed-sharing was not based on the assumption that it is intrinsically dangerous, but that there is an increased risk of mortality for bed-sharing babies of “parents affected by alcohol, extreme overtiredness, overcrowded housing, or where the sleeping environment was unsuitable” (to quote Buckley). These risk factors were not mentioned by the telephone health advice line quoted in our letter,1 which rather commented that mortality in bed-sharing babies was such a rare event that the caller should not worry about it — little consolation if a fatality occurred.

  • Roger W Byard1,0
  • Glenda Cains2
  • Helen Noblet3,0
  • Maxine Weber4,0

  • 1 Discipline of Pathology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Forensic Science SA, , Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 Kidsafe SA, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 SIDS and Kids South Australia, Adelaide, SA.


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