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Review of the epidemiology of sudden infant death syndrome and its relationship to temperature regulation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2115354     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants dying suddenly and unexpectedly now account for 20% of all infant deaths in England and Wales, and the incidence shows no sign of falling. Recent work relating sudden infant death to a raised environmental temperature and a raised body temperature, implicates fever as a possible contributory cause of death; some infants may be unable to control their febrile response to infection, or to thermoregulate effectively, when well wrapped and heated. Death might then result from apnoea, occurring in a critical sleep state. These ideas have increased the interest in describing the normal practices of parents in caring for the environment of their infants in health and disease, and the effect of their behaviour on the child's temperature. Studies of these areas depend on collecting and interpreting data from young children during their day to day lives, and present a challenge of great relevance to primary care research.
A L Kinmonth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0960-1643     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Gen Pract     Publication Date:  1990 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-08-27     Completed Date:  1990-08-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005323     Medline TA:  Br J Gen Pract     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Southampton.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature Regulation*
England / epidemiology
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*,  etiology
Wales / epidemiology

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