A 3-month-old baby died in 2019, and his case was sent for forensic examination.
His name, along with that of his parents, was suppressed to protect their privacy.
Forensic doctor David Robinson did not make any specific recommendations, but approved the Ministry of Health’s Safe Sleep Guidelines in an effort to prevent the sudden death of a child (Sudi).
He hastened to say that the process of interrogating the girl was not about “blaming”.
“Rather, it is about a full understanding of the cause and circumstances of the death of a loved one,” he said.
“It can provide comfort, mutual understanding for the immediate family, it can also benefit the wider community, if the case allows for suggestions that can reduce the likelihood of further death in such circumstances.”
He said the child died in his family bed at his family home.
He had a viral infection at the time, probably a respiratory one, although it was not a direct cause of death, it could make it difficult for him to breathe and contribute to it.
Robinson said the official cause of death was Sud “in the context of a dangerous sleeping position.”
“It simply came to our notice then [she] “He was lying on the bed in front of him, on the pillow with his head next to him,” he said.
The baby was 89 days (12 weeks) when he died.
There were no serious health problems that did not lead to his death.
“[She] “It was obviously good,” Robinson said.
“[Her mother] He told about being active, loving the time of bathing and belly. he was strong, he could hold his head high. “
The day before his death, he became “slightly ill.”
He was restless, not his “normal self”, but he ate well.
That night his mother said she expected him to be taken to the hospital.
Soon the baby sleeps in the mother’s arms.
Early the next morning, his father laid him on his bed, on a pillow – in the same position as he was lying on his mother.
He held the baby slightly next to him with a blanket so that he would not “fall behind”.
Shortly afterwards he returned to check on her, found that she was not breathing, and shouted at her to call an ambulance.
While the grieving couple was waiting for help, the father did CPR on the child, the 111 operator helped him on the phone.
“Unfortunately, despite his best efforts [the father] : Ambulance staff [the baby] “It was impossible to regenerate,” Robinson said.
He said that the father’s decision to put the child on the pillow was logical for him, but not ideal.
“She was right to try to put him to bed. As a father who has had a lot of insomnia with gray unhealthy children, I can fully understand his good intentions. [the baby]imitating his sleeping position [her mother],” he said.
“What we have learned from the study of sudden infant death syndrome is that the best position for a baby is always to sleep in a crib … lying on its back without pillows.
“I do not criticize [the father] – She did everything to settle her child.
“If only one positive conclusion could be drawn from this case, it would be that the circumstances would allow us to remind mothers and fathers in time about how much it is possible for children to sleep in their back beds.”
Robinson agreed to suppress the names of the child’s parents for the sake of “justice, secrecy and decency.”
He said they were “traumatized” and that “publishing their names would no doubt cause” continued concern “.
He added that the coronation was “intended to be therapeutic” but that he owed the public the safety of the children, so he allowed the media to publish his findings.
“There is a legitimate public interest in the well-being of our children, especially when there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of negative consequences,” he said.
“Circumstances [the baby’s] “Death can potentially increase awareness of safe sleep practices.”
Make every sleep a safe sleep – advice to parents
The complete advice for all newborns can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health
Information on the use of Pepi cases is available on the same website.
Sudden death can be dangerous for babies up to 12 months old, but most deaths can be prevented.
There are things we can do to protect our children.
Although the cause of death for some infants is never known, most deaths occur when children sleep unsafe.
Always follow a safe sleep pattern for your baby և your baby crib.
To keep your baby safe while sleeping, make sure:
• They always sleep on their backs to keep their airways clean
• They are in their own pool, on a crib or other crib (for example, a crib or crib) – away from adults or children who may accidentally suffocate them.
• After feeding, put them back to bed, do not sleep with them (to protect the back, feed the baby not in your bed, but in the chair)
• They have someone who cares for them, who is alert to their needs, free from alcohol or drugs
• They have clothes և bedding that keeps them at a comfortable temperature. One layer of clothes is enough than you would wear. Too many layers can make your baby և irritate them
• They are in a room where the temperature is maintained at 20C.
The baby crib is safe when:
• It has a firm, flat mattress to keep your baby’s airways open
• There are no gaps between the crib և mattress, that can hold or squeeze your baby
• Nothing in bed can cover your baby’s face, raise his or her head, or suffocate him or her – no pillows, no toys, no bedding, no bumpers or necklaces (including amber beads, no tooth extraction necklaces).
Where to get help?
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is from your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or is endangering others, call police 111 immediately.
IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK, OM RISH OM.
• LIFE. 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• SO SU IQID CR time support. 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• YOUNG. 0800 376 633, free text 234 or e-mail.
• SHOULD I SPEAK? Toll-free or text 1737 (available 24/7)
• CHILDREN’S LINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (13: 00-11: 00)
• DEPRESSION AID: 0800 111 757
• SAMARITANS – 0800 726 666.
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