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Sweden sees spike in sudden infant deaths

TT/The Local/pvs · 24 Oct 2011, 09:00

Published: 24 Oct 2011 09:00 GMT+02:00

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The figure is an increase of ten on 2007 and continues the climbing trend of recent years, according to a report by Sveriges Radio's (SR) Ekot news programme.

Miriam Katz-Salamon, associate professor at Karolinska Hospital, argued that the increase is no coincidence and underlined the urgency of a new information campaign:

"We know that the number of young women who smoke is increasing dramatically, and smoking is a major risk factor," she said.

Other advice is to put the baby on her back, to ensure that the room is not too warm and that the baby sleeps in their own bed.

"The authorities' responsibility is significant, but we have a lack of information. The information has to be given every time we meet new parents, or even before," Miriam Katz-Salamon told Ekot.

Sudden infant death syndrome, remains very rare in Sweden, but occurs when the child is between one and four-months-old. Death comes suddenly and unexpectedly, and almost always when sleeping.

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Despite many years of research it is still not clear what the cause is, but by informing expectant parents about the risk factors, the number of cases has dropped dramatically.

"I have seen how it has decreased dramatically after intensive campaigns, now it is on the rise," said Miriam Katz-Salamon.

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21:11 October 24, 2011 by zooeden
The reason that the cases of sudden death has risen is because there are so many more immigrants than back in the day... I gotta say I love the gallery of weekends finest!!!
15:17 October 25, 2011 by AstroSphinx.se

The reason may be the entirely same phenomena I've seen in the US. I believe too many vaccination are relationship to crib deaths... but they never seem to correlate these things or the real risks involved with over vaccination and too early vaccination.. just remember that they pushed allot of this crap on us due to the influenza of 2009.

Then there is a decline in breast feeding as well. These are two important factors in any of the initial investigations of crib deaths in other countries that seem to come up. I can not say this is true in Sweden due to the fact that before, when my son was born, he was not REQUIRED to be immunized before 4 months old, now the push is so great, I clearly see it as a dangerous move because not all vaccination is safe. IT does according to the manufacturers guild-lines.

CAUSE death in a percentage and this percentage although small may be YOU: the younger the child, the less likely the differences are noticed. Small infants as a general rule do not run risk of a number of "disease" that they say they do. And don't take my word for it, please people do the research yourself and P.S, some of you got to stop blaming immigrants for every stupid thing wrong with any given aspect of the community. WE provide different perspectives and experiences and are part of the community. Thank you.
01:40 October 28, 2011 by CaliforniaDreaming

I'm not disagreeing with you I just would like to know where you get your facts from.

I agree, our pediatrician in the US (he's a UCLA board certified MD with holistic/ eastern medicine approach with an alternative vaccination schedule) believes in probiotics and multivitamins every day - especially before and after a vaccination. He also believes in administering one vaccination at a time as opposed to several vaccinations at a time as they do here in Sweden. In addition, a baby should not receive a vaccination until they are at least 4-5 months old and a healthy weight.

He says vaccinating an infant too early can cause allergies, development delays, and interfere in a child's natural antibodies to develop properly. He also mentioned, breastfeeding IS THE BEST thing for your child because you give your child your antibodies to fight against any colds your child may have at such an early age (under 4 months).

The doctors that I have encountered here in Sweden tell me Sweden is moving to a vaccination schedule where 8-12 vaccinations will be administered to babies at one time beginning at 3 months will be the future. I think that's absurd. They say requesting the vaccinations to be separated will cost 140KR per vaccination and that I would have to travel to a bigger city like Helsingborg in order to fulfill such a request. Like I'm the crazy one. I actually had a doctor tell me, "Even countries like Iraq and Iran have the same vaccination schedule at we do here in Sweden." I don't know how that applies to us considering we are from California. Nonetheless, I basically told him he was an idiot. And just for the record, " Dr. Jan Olof-Svensson....you're an IDIOT!!!!!" And I don't care that you have all but 4 years more education than me, your still an IDIOT!!!.

I don't understand why so many Swedes just take a doctor's word for it, expect that they know what there doing and don't ask any questions. My husband (he's Swedish) tried to explain this to me and he said that Swedes just expect doctor to know what there doing and maybe sometimes are afraid to ask questions and taught not to question authority. But to me, your fighting for YOUR child....wouldn't you want to protect them regardless of how intimidated you might feel. We didn't start vaccinating our children until they were 7 months and at a healthy weight. They are thriving. I just hope more parents ask questions for the sack of their children.

In all the research I have done, I haven't heard anything about SIDS and it relating to vaccinations. Can you please explain. I've just heard, no blankets, always face up, room temperature of 19-20 degrees, make sure a baby burps after they eat....even if your tired and its the middle of the night...trapped air for a baby on their back is not good, and warm clothing..but not too warm, etc.
19:05 October 28, 2011 by munched
They love to correlate the SIDS with tobacco or sleeping on the stomach but they might consider that 100% of SIDS occurred within two weeks of a child vaccination and ca 60% of the 100% within four days of the vaccination and ca 30% of the 100% within 24 hours. If this was a lottery and you knew that 100% of the winners bought their ticket within two weeks of the draw, would you be considering how much you smoked or whether to lie on your stomach or not? It's all just more Big Pharma, paid for propaganda. One of the Government buyers of the flu vaccine admitted she had received cash "Gifts" from the drug company for 14 (!) years. Just add these after flu vaccine deaths and narcolepsy to the child vaccine deaths. Oh, and don't be such a bunch of suckers.
06:57 October 29, 2011 by Not Dumb
For the same reasons that SIDS is reduced significantly by placing a fan in the baby's room, ensuring good ventilation, it's been theorized that mold and/or chemical pollutants may play a role. Given that moisture damage in homes typically results in mold and chemical releases to the indoor environment, and Sweden is having an escalating moisture damage and mold 'epidemic' in its dwellings, the increasing deaths could well be indication its finally time to do something about mögel (mold). I won't add that in The States the CDC urges no child under twelve be exposed to mold, with the younger the child, the more sensitive they are; but, here in 'secure Sweden', we tough vikings simply ignore such things.
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