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Published: Friday, March 20 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Using the term Autism isn't working here. It's too all encompassing. There is an enormous range within the Autism spectrum now. This study or report, lumping them all together, is not at all helpful "news."


I agree with Again. Many people that would have been considered autistic 20 years ago would now be considered as having Asperger's Syndrome or something else relatively high-functioning.

Lyman DeKoquonut

Most people do not understand Autism (or anything else, for that matter). No one educates themselves in important matters like this, they are too busy texting and playing computer games.

I have a daughter who is high functioning / Autism Spectrum - there is a lot to know and this article does not even scratch the surface.


Infants who sleep on their backs compared to infants who sleep on their stomachs have increased rates of:
- Social skills delays at 6 months (Dewey, Fleming, et al, 1998)
- Gross Motor skills delays at 6 months (Dewey, Fleming, et al, 1998)
- gastroesophageal reflux (GER) (Corvaglia, 2007)
- Milestone delays (Davis, Moon, et al., 1998)

Autism and Infant Back Sleep Rates occurred at the same time:
8 year olds in the year 2000 (born in 1992) = 10,055 with Autism
8 year old in the year 2007 (born in 1999) = 24, 669 with Autism (146% Increase)

Infants that slept on their backs in 1992 = 13.0%
Infants that slept on their backs in 1999 = 65.7% (405% Increase)

To Tom @11:09

I'd rather have a live autistic child as opposed to a dead child. Rates of SIDS decreased drastically as a result of back sleeping. I never met one brother in law, because he died at three months old when my husband was 12. So you bet my three kids all slept on their backs. They don't have any problems that relate to back sleeping. My Asperger's child was born with other issues, but he had them from birth - back sleeping didn't cause them.

Rates of TV watching also went up. Computer use and video game use went up. Daycare rates went up. We live more and more in an artificial world, with new chemicals entering the environment all the time. Just because you have one factor occurring at the same time as another event, doesn't mean that one caused the other.

As for the milestone delays in physical skills, yes, those you can say are probably related. However, most children do catch up just fine. I'd worry more about delays from being in daycare where they spend more time in restraints than they would if they were with parents.

Re: Tom

My daughter was born in 2001 and will be 8 years old in a few months---she slept on her stomach and has autism--I guess there goes your theory!

I Am So Tired...

I am so tired of parents being blamed for Autism in their children.

In the 60's my mother was told by the doctors she trusted that she was responsible for my oldest brother's 'problems.' They called her a Refrigerator Mom, because it was believed then that Autism was caused by cold and distant mothers.

My mother was extremely loving and warm with her children. The accusation was a huge blow. Had they even mentioned the word 'Austism' to her she would have been all over it, doing everything possible for my brother. Instead, she suffered a nervous breakdown from which she never recovered and my brother died while living as a transient in SLC.

I explode whenever I hear anyone suggest that my son's ASD (Asperger's) might have been caused by the way he slept (on his side with a support), or his diet, or any other factor under my control. In our family it is DEFINITELY hereditary (genetic) and the most current research supports that.

Lay off the parents, already. This thing is real and we parents need all the support we can get, not more ignorant judgments and silly 'studies' that only do harm.

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