|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
SUDDEN INFANT DEATH She died as she slept, having finished her last meal like a good little girl. One baby died, becomming a statistic, and many thousands more will die this year. Her parents discovered their lifeless precious little doll laying limp where once a tiny human lived. Imagining the moment, I feel like crying. I received this very sad and tragic letter from my friend, Jenny. Jenny Matthews (Isaacsmum@aol.com) wrote: "My best friend's baby died of SIDS in November. She was 4 months old and just introduced to a dairy based infant formula. My best friend is desperate to find a reason why her daughter died. The enigma of SIDS is a bit hard to swallow. When I read that dairy products can contribute to SIDS-I just knew that is what caused it. My heart sunk and I just knew. If there is anyway that you could provide more info to me (or PLEASE point me in the right direction) about the SIDS and the dairy connection-that would be wonderful. Thank you so much, Jenny Matthews" Dear Jenny, Please share this with your friend. Please send this to hundreds of people, and ask them in turn to send it to hundreds more, so that all parents become aware of the risk of cow's milk proteins for infants. There are hundreds of studies in the medical literature attesting to the fact that infants who are breast-fed have lower rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Those performing the research rarely consider the alternative. Is it a component in breast milk that protects infants, or a component in the alternative (cow's milk protein) that triggers the allergic reaction? Cow's milk proteins are very allergenic. For some, the response is anaphylactic. The bronchioles fill with mucous, and breathing becomes difficult. For some infants, it's deadly. "Breast feeding is known to protect an infant against gastrointestinal pathogens and epidemiological studies indicate that compared to breast fed infants, formula fed infants are at a greater risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome." Immunol Med Microbiol, 1999 Aug, 25:1-2 "Hypersensitivity to milk is implicated as a cause of sudden death in infancy." The Lancet, vol. 2, 7160, November 19, 1960 "Those infants who died of SIDS expressed inappropriate or inflammatory responses suggesting violent allergic reactions to a foreign protein. Lung tissue and cells showed responses similar to bronchial wall inflammation in asthma." The Lancet, vol. 343, June 4, 1994 "Those who consumed cows milk were fourteen times more likely to die from diarrhea-related complications and four times more likely to die of pneumonia than were breast-fed babies. Intolerance and allergy to cow's milk products is a factor in sudden infant death syndrome." The Lancet, vol. 344, November 5, 1994 "The three most common milk proteins are casein, beta-lactoglobulin, and alpha-lactalbumin. The correlation between these three cow proteins and childhood allergies is high...a strategy of soy protein as a substitute for cow's milk is suggested." Pediatr-Med-Chir., September/October, 1994, 16(5) "Diet has a significant effect on the developing immune system...formula fed babies, at the age of 3 months, were secreting low levels of serum antibodies to cow milk antigens contained in their formula." Pediatr-Allergy-Immunol., August, 1994, 5(3) "Formula fed infants developed symptoms of allergic rejection to cow milk proteins before one month of age. The majority of infants tested had two or more symptoms...About 50-70 percent experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60 percent gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30 percent respiratory symptoms. The recommended therapy is to avoid cow's milk." Pediatr.-Allergy-Immunol., 1994, 5(5 Suppl)
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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