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A Word About Research

Posted on: August 12, 2011

Research is defined as the diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.

Research, in my opinion is not to be used in hindsight but rather in foresight.  Research, especially on medical subjects like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome should not be used to batter oneself with guilt about what could have, should have happened if only one had known.

A Word About Research

A Word About Research

Most reasonable adults could predict that if you place an infant in a pool of water, that infant could drown.  But, could a reasonable adult predict that an infant, if placed in an adult bed could suffocate?  I don’t think so. How could any reasonable person predict that an apparently healthy baby would suddenly and unexpectedly die?

That is the value of research!  Research educates us on the possible causes and ramifications of our actions.  It does not help one bit with something that has already occurred except to offer a frame of reference.

SIDS research is active and ongoing.  We regularly are bombarded with information concerning infant care.  As parents, it all feels a little overwhelming and sometimes, even contradictory.  Who can keep up?

That’s why SIDS of Illinois, Inc. is here to help.  We have access to most of the current research being done on the subject of Safe Sleep for infants.  They  have access to medical professionals to assist us.

What you must remember is that SIDS research can do nothing to save the babies that have already died.  However, it can perhaps save babies in the future.  When you read about research that has come to light on this subject or others, run it through your own personal filter.  Does this make sense in your case?  Can this explain some of the events in your life?

If the answer is yes, the response is not guilt.  The correct response is: “Now that I know more, I can do more.”  As a parent, research offers you more choices, more tools to keep your baby safe.  But, research may never give us all the answers for why our babies died.

It’s not fair.  It’s not right.  It’s completely nonsensical.  But, as parents we are all searching.  Searching for the “Why”.  Why did my baby die?

What we must hold onto is that our babies were loved and that we did the best we knew how to do at the time.

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