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Bed-sharing in the first four months of life: a risk factor for sudden infant death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17714547     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To investigate the risk of sudden infant death in the Netherlands during bed-sharing in the first half year of life and the protective effect of breastfeeding on it. METHODS: During a 10-year period between September 1996 and September 2006 nationwide, 213 cot deaths were investigated. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Of 138 cot deaths of less than 6 months of age, 36 (26%) bed-shared. In a reference group of 1628 babies from infant welfare centres only 9.4% were bed-sharing in the night prior to the interview. After correction for smoking of one or both parents the odds ratio for cot death during bed-sharing with parents decreased with age from 9.1 (CI 4.2-19.4) at 1 month, to 4.0 (CI 2.3-6.7) at 2 months, to 1.7 (CI 0.9-3.4) at 3 months and to 1.3 (CI 1.0-1.6) at 4 through 5 months of age. The excess risk (OR > 1) associated with bed-sharing is itself not significantly influenced by the presence or absence of breastfeeding. CONCLUSION: Bed-sharing is a serious risk factor for sudden infant death for all babies of less than 4 months of age. From 4 months onwards bed-sharing did not contribute significantly to the risk of cot death anymore in our study.
Jan H Ruys; Guus A de Jonge; Ronald Brand; Adèle C Engelberts; Ben A Semmekrot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-20     Completed Date:  2008-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1399-403     Citation Subset:  IM    
Leiden University Medical Center, Reviuslaan 38, 2343 JR Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Breast Feeding
Child Rearing*
Epidemiologic Studies
Infant, Newborn
Netherlands / epidemiology
Parent-Child Relations*
Risk Factors
Sleep / physiology*
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders*
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*
Comment In:
Acta Paediatr. 2007 Oct;96(10):1385-6   [PMID:  17880409 ]

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