Why don orthodox cot death researchers tell parents to wrap babies mattresses?
cot death research has been a source of funding for medical researchers. In various countries, including the U.S., it continues to be so (although not in New Zealand, where research funding has nearly ground to a halt as people have become aware that mattress-wrapping is easy, inexpensive and 100% successful in preventing cot death). The toxic gas theory has been publicized since 1989 (first in Britain), but it has been vigorously denied by researchers and organizations responsible for advising parents. In the intervening period, many thousands of babies have died of cot death. But the New Zealand experience shows that those deaths were avoidable – and that raises the prospect of legal liability for babies’ deaths. In his book, The Cot Death Cover-Up? (Penguin Books, NZ, 1996), Dr. Sprott relates a history of denial on the part of orthodox cot death researchers and the medical community, and their failure to accept or inform parents of the simple explanation for the cause of cot death.