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1. Swaddling study: Researchers find that swaddling may increase risk of SIDS.
Researchers have found that swaddling, or wrapping a baby increases the risk of SIDS by about one-third.
The study published in the journal Pediatrics analaysed data from four studies and found there may be a link between swaddling infants in a blanket or cloth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Researchers considered data from 2,519 infants, which included 760 who died of SIDS. They found that overall, swaddling appeared to increase the risk of SIDS by about one-third.
Anna Pease, lead study author and research associate at the University of Bristol in England, said in a statement that one of the biggest limitations of the study was that none of the studies gave the same definition of swaddling.
“We only found four studies and they were quite different, and none gave a precise definition for swaddling making it difficult to pool the results,” Pease said. “We did find, however, that the risk of SIDS when placing infants on the side or front for sleep increased when infants were swaddled.”
She reinforced that the study in no ways says parents should stop swaddling all together, it did find that swaddling could be dangerous for older children who can move from their backs into a dangerous position while sleeping.
“On a practical level what parents should take away from this is that if they choose to swaddle their babies for sleep, always place them on their back, and think about when to stop swaddling for sleep as their babies get older and more able to move,” Pease said.
2. Engineer who killed wife and son in murder suicide car crash also planted bombs in their car.
A father who killed his pregnant wife and eldest son in a double-murder suicide car crash planted bombs in the car that failed to detonate.
In January last year Darren Milne, 42, and his wife Susanna died instantly when Mr Milne deliberately slammed his Toyota Corolla at high speed into a tree on Enterprise Drive on the NSW Central Coast.
The Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate reports that Liam, 11, died at the scene. The couple’s other child, Benjamin,7 was critically inured but survived.
An inquest has heard that Mr Milne had planted in the bonnet of the car two petrol bombs, which failed to detonate.
Leading Senior Constable Peter Mason, of the Forensic Services Group said investigators discovered a “sophisticated” circuit of wiring and plugs connecting three 12-volt batteries to two metal flasks, each containing about 500mL of fuel.
The inquest heard that the father had planned the murder-suicide for months filming “10 practice runs” on his dash cam.
It was revealed that Mr Milne took his own life and attempted to take his family’s lives because of fears for his sons, who have been both diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome.
He left a note on his Ipad detailing his plan writing:
“It’s not worth it, neither of us have the skills to make it work. We have both given it our best shot over a long period of time. There is too much conspiring against us. G got the calculation wrong, it’s that simple. L & B are both happy, B doesn’t yet know, it is a good time to go. It is only going to get tougher as time goes on. We have been completely s’d over, maybe we can stop it happening to someone else. They are going to have to manage ADD + Diabetes, it is going to be too much. They need to exercise & manage their health, it is going to be hard to see this fail. Things are going to get progressively harder for Ben. He hasn’t seen any malice or bullying yet, but it is coming. From this point on I need to be totally focused, forget everything else. Need to source comfort”