I give up.
I give up.
So 45 children died who co slept and 55 children in cots.
45/2500 children= relative risk of 1.8% if you co sleep.
55/7500 children= relative risk of 0.73% if you don't co sleep.
Now these are just numbers I pulled out of the air, but I do think that the proportion of people that co sleep is less than those who don't. But you can see that it probably is significant that almost half of babies died while co sleeping, considering that the absolute number of co sleeping babies in aus is less than half. Or maybe I'm wrong. Does anyone know or are there any stats on the proportion of parents that co sleep in aus??
I've got nothing against co sleeping, I've done it and still do. Just wanted to point those numbers out.
I think that's a good point about the statistics. This article is interesting regarding the statistics (it's in relation to the original study that triggered the Coronial inquiry)
"If any of these journalists [from the media reporting the findings] had modicum of mathematical aptitude they would have realised that proportion of infant deaths from co-sleeping is meaningless without knowing the proportion of infants who co-sleep (the exposure level).
If 90% of infants co-sleep, but they only make up 45% of unexplained sleeping deaths, that is some significant evidence to show that co-sleeping could actually decrease the risk of infant sleep deaths."
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