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Softness and potential to cause rebreathing: Differences in bedding used by infants at high and low risk for sudden infant death syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9506633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study was carried out to determine whether bedding used by infants, who are at either high or low risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), differs in physical properties favoring rebreathing of exhaled gases. STUDY DESIGN: We compared softness and limitation of carbon dioxide dispersal by bedding, using a mechanical model. A questionnaire was used to describe sociodemographic risk factors and sleep practices; bedding was studied in homes with a model positioned where each infant was found sleeping that morning. RESULTS: The groups differed with respect to five sociodemographic risk factors (p values all < or = 0.0001). In addition, infants at higher risk were more likely to have been placed to sleep prone (46%, p = 0.02) by parents who were less likely to be aware of the risk associated with the prone position (62% aware, p = 0.005). Infants at higher risk had softer bedding (p < 0.0001, 54.1+/-17.2 cm2 vs 33.7+/-7.7 cm2 in contact with model), which caused more limitation of carbon dioxide dispersal (p = 0.008; CO2 retained, 0.60%+/-0.15% vs 0.34%+/-0.05%). CONCLUSIONS: A series of infants who are at high risk for SIDS because of sociodemographic factors more often sleep on bedding that has physical properties favoring rebreathing, and their parents are less often aware of the risk associated with prone sleeping.
J S Kemp; M Livne; D K White; C L Arfken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  132     ISSN:  0022-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-04-01     Completed Date:  1998-04-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  234-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Missouri 63110, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bedding and Linens*
Carbon Dioxide
Prone Position
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide
Comment In:
J Pediatr. 1998 Feb;132(2):197-8   [PMID:  9506625 ]

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