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The theory that inner ear deficiency may be a cause of SIDS is flawed…

The theory that inner ear deficiency causes crib death has been disproved by well-established SIDS research and crib death epidemiology:

1. It is well known that bed-sharing increases SIDS death risk. Are the proponents of the “inner ear theory” seriously suggesting that a baby’s inner ear varies depending on whether the baby sleeps in an adult-sized bed versus in a small crib? Obviously, any such suggestion would be untenable.

2. Again, it is well known that face-up sleeping reduces SIDS death risk. So, are the researchers suggesting that an inner ear problem varies depending on whether the baby is face-up or face-down in the crib? Again, untenable.

Some of the reporting of this research has been highly irresponsible. It is very likely that many parents are already needlessly concerned about “SIDS death risk” posed by their baby’s inner ears, when the actual situation is that this theory for the cause of cot death is already patently disproved by longstanding cot death epidemiology.

The theory that inner ear deficiency may be a cause of SIDS is flawed...