As the NYE Ball Drops, SIDS Cases Shoot through the Roof
January 1 marks the first day of the year and the most deadly for babies. In a study led by David P. Phillips, professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, he and his team found that behaviors associated with New Year's Eve partying are causes for a spike in SIDS cases to the tune of 33%.
In and of themselves, celebrating, drinking, and staying up late aren't going to increase the chances of a baby dying of SIDS, but it's what happens as consequences that cause the issues.
It's certainly well documented that that parents' alcohol consumption and co-sleeping are huge factors when it comes to SIDS, but as Dr. Phillips said in an interview that was referenced by Yahoo Parenting, “if you're filled up with alcohol, you're a less competent caretaker, and presumably you might then be more likely to put the child down incorrectly” — incorrectly meaning either putting the child on his/her stomach or putting the child in bed with you.
Let's be real, guys. New Year's Eve really isn't even that cool anyway — just ask our favorite starlet, Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, you're up past midnight every night with that screaming baby or doing that science project that was assigned two months ago, but is due tomorrow, so stretching your awake time into a new set of 24 isn't that cool, even if is is a new 24 of a new 365.
And drinking? I'm still a little confused at why drinking champagne or wine is “refined.” They both smell like nail polish remover, and they're both grossly overpriced. Not to mention that you have to pay extra for a cab after you're done with such refinement.
Even though it is a little confusing to take precautions against a problem that has no proven causes, just take it easy tonight and party with Ryan Seacrest.
For other tips to keep your baby safe from SIDS, click here for the AAP's recommendations.