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March 1974

The Subsequent Child.

Author Affiliations

Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior University of Maryland Baltimore 21201


By Carolyn Szybist, RN. Price, 25 cents. Pp 18. National Foundation for Sudden Infant Death, Inc, 1501 Broadway, New York, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(3):447. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110220145030

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The problems related to caring for a "subsequent child" following the death of an infant is the focus of this excellent pamphlet. Though directed to the problems subsequent to the "sudden infant death syndrome," the information may be readily generalized to families experiencing the death of a young child from any cause.

The text reflects extraordinary sensitivity, as well as psychological sophistication. The author clearly defines the concerns of parents following the loss of a child and offers practical suggestions and advice. Of great importance, special attention is given to the psychological needs of the father and the other children in the family.

The paragraph on monitoring equipment states that home use of such equipment "will not protect your child" and is only for research purposes. In view of recent work utilizing monitoring in the home, this statement may be confusing to parents in areas where such programs may be

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