SIDS Awareness Month declared

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September 29, 2015 8:15 AM

Josef Jacobson Photo Rob Trainor has been advocating for sudden infant death syndrome awareness in Canada and around the world since his nephew Nathan succumbed to the condition in June 2014.

Lloydminster resident Rob Trainor’s mission to raise awareness and discover the cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is being recognized in his hometown.

Since the death of his 12-month-old nephew Nathan in June 2014, Trainor has been advocating for the recognition of May 23 as SIDS Memorial and Awareness Day in Canada and around the world.

Saskatchewan, British Columbia and a number of Canadian municipalities now recognize the day, and his efforts have helped encourage Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of the United States to observe October as SIDS Awareness Month.

On Sept. 21, he finally managed to have SIDS Awareness Month officially recognized in Lloydminser.

“This is fantastic. I’m glad the city came on board because this is my home ... and it means that my city cares, and not just about my nephew, but (about) all the babies who have passed away from SIDS in this community and area,” Trainor said.

The proclamation was read in council chambers by city Coun. Linnea Goodhand.

“A proclamation like this, brought forward by one of our local citizens, is really important in the sense that this is how awareness gets spread and this is how movements get started,” she said.

“So with other cities around the world, Lloydminster joins Rob and his parents and his extended family, and others who have lost an infant or young child to this syndrome, to declare October 2015 as SIDS Awareness and Memorial Month.”

The exact cause of SIDS is unknown and Trainor says one in every 2,000 Canadian babies suddenly succumbs to this unpreventable and unpredictable condition each year.

“There (are) a lot of questions still about it, but essentially you put a baby down to sleep and he doesn’t wake up,” Trainor said.

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“There’s no pain, you wouldn’t notice it. A lot of mothers I’ve been in contact with say they’ve had their baby in their arms and had no idea until two hours later when they wouldn’t wake up.”

He says he has recieved enthusiatic responses from families who have lost an infant to SIDS and they are happy that they have, in Trainor, an advocate who is trying to ensure that their babies are not forgotten.

Trainor says the international reach of his efforts is encouraging. He hopes that bringing attention to SIDS at a global scale will result in more research into the mysterious condition.

“It means the world’s scientists can work on it, the top people in the world can look at this, figure out a cause, figure out prevention, and then nobody will ever have to go through what my family has,” he said.

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