Parenting: Lowering SIDS risk, Ohioans' Medical Records and more

• Park Vine is hosting a discussion and workshop on cloth diapers with cloth diaper authority Elizabeth Whitton. Free. 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Park Vine, 1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275. RSVPs requested before Oct. 11. —-

The New York Times reports that placing a fan in a baby's room might dramatically lower the risk of SIDS: "While the study wasn’t designed to identify why fans make a difference, the theory is that by circulating the air, fans lower the risk of 'rebreathing' by the baby. The rebreathing of exhaled carbon dioxide trapped near an infant’s airway has been suggested as a possible reason SIDS risk is higher when children sleep on their stomachs, in soft beds or without pacifiers."

• The Ohio Supreme court is considering a case that could make public the private medical records of Ohioans:

"The lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl from St. Bernard, 'Jane Roe,' who got an abortion in March 2004. The father was her 21-year-old soccer coach.

The girl's parents are seeking punitive damages against Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio for failing to report suspected child abuse. The parents appealed their case to the state's highest court to obtain statistics and other patients' medical records that they think will support their complaint."

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