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Pre- and postnatal medical care and risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9202794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The current study investigated whether sufficient attendance at prenatal and postnatal checks affects the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. A case-control study in the Tyrol enrolled 99 infants with sudden infant death syndrome that occurred between 1984 and 1994, and 136 randomly selected control cases. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome was higher in infants whose mothers attended less than five antenatal health checks than in the group with at least five or more visits (OR 5.1; p < 0.01). Babies who received medical help beyond routine health controls had a lower risk than those who did not (OR 0.32; p < 0.001). These differences persisted when social and demographic variables (mother's age at delivery, educational level, marital status, parity and gestational age) were taken into account. Our study identified inadequate antenatal and postnatal care as a risk indicator for sudden infant death syndrome and as a potential target for further educational work. Clinical recommendations should await the results of further evaluations.
U Kohlendorfer; E Haberlandt; S Kiechl; W Sperl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  1997 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-04     Completed Date:  1997-09-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  600-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Austria / epidemiology
Case-Control Studies
Educational Status
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Marital Status
Maternal Age
Postnatal Care*
Prenatal Care*
Random Allocation
Risk Factors
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Comment In:
Acta Paediatr. 1997 Jul;86(7):675-6   [PMID:  9240871 ]

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