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Child care practices and the sudden infant death syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2590114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Southern New Zealand has one of the highest reported rates of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the world. Data were collected on 49 infants who died from SIDS in the Dunedin and Invercargill Health Districts of southern New Zealand. Forty-two of the families were interviewed at home following the loss of their infant. In the week prior to death, 17 infants (40%) had an upper respiratory tract infection, although in 11 of these infants their infection had apparently resolved at least 24 h prior to death. Thirty infants (71%) had their faces down into the bedding or their heads covered with bedding. Thirty-four infants (81%) were found dead in the prone position, whereas 49% of New Zealand infants aged 3 months would be expected to sleep prone. Sleep position and the terminal position of the head in relation to SIDS requires further study.
E A Nelson; B J Taylor; S C Mackay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian paediatric journal     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0004-993X     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Paediatr J     Publication Date:  1989 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-12-27     Completed Date:  1989-12-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15420340R     Medline TA:  Aust Paediatr J     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-4; discussion 205-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Infant Care*
New Zealand
Respiratory Tract Infections / complications*
Risk Factors
Sleep / physiology*
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology,  etiology*

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