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Increased facial temperature as an early warning in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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PMID:  11421627     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The promotion of supine sleeping position in young infants has resulted in significant declines in the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome although little is understood in terms of mechanisms. We hypothesize that supine sleeping position promotes appropriate thermal regulation via the face and head which is the major source of infant heat loss. By facilitating temperature regulation, the supine position ensures that the centre for thermoregulation in the hypothalamus does not become dysfunctional due to local temperature fluctuations. Because these hypothalamic, thermoregulatory neurones are synaptically linked to those regulating respiration in the medulla, adequate temperature control by the infant maintains normal respiration. In contrast, an increase in face and head temperature over and above core temperature would suggest thermoregulatory stress and an increased likelihood of respiratory apnoea.
M J Russell; R Vink
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0306-9877     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-25     Completed Date:  2001-09-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature Regulation*
Face / physiology*
Sudden Infant Death*

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