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Hazards of mattresses, beds and bedding in deaths of infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2063814     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Of 52 infants who had died suddenly and were referred to autopsy, nine had lain on adult water beds for the first time; five had died as a result of accidents; two had died on water beds; two were in beds with widely spaced slats; and one had died as a result of strangulation. Three deaths were due to overlying. Three other infants had been placed on sheepskin rugs for the first time and were found dead shortly thereafter. These infants ranged in age from 2 to 9 months, except for a severely mentally retarded nine-year-old with spastic paraplegia. We believe that a general warning should be issued concerning water beds and that soft bedding should not be used for infants. Infants should not be placed unattended or left to sleep on water beds; only beds recommended for infants should be used. Overlying of a young infant is most likely to occur on a water bed, or if the parent is obese or has consumed alcohol.
E Gilbert-Barness; L Hegstrand; S Chandra; J L Emery; L A Barness; R Franciosi; R Huntington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-07     Completed Date:  1991-08-07     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia / etiology*
Bedding and Linens*
Death, Sudden*
Mental Retardation / complications
Paraplegia / complications
Comment In:
Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1992 Jun;13(2):173   [PMID:  1510070 ]

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