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V-shaped pillows and unsafe infant sleeping.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9145365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possibility that adult size V-shaped pillows may be associated with accidental asphyxial deaths in infants. METHODOLOGY: Review was undertaken of all cases of sudden infant death presenting to the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide involving infants who had been found on adult size V-shaped pillows. RESULTS: Four cases of sudden infant death were found in which infants were found sleeping on V-shaped pillows. All of the deaths had occurred in 1995. In two of the cases the pillows were considered to be implicated in the cause of death as the potential for obstruction of the infants' airways could be demonstrated on death scene reconstruction. CONCLUSION: Adult size V-shaped pillows may be unsafe for use in small infants who may accidentally suffocate if trapped between the two arms, or under, the pillow. The use of such pillows to maintain the body position of sleeping infants should be discouraged.
R W Byard; S M Beal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  1997 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-30     Completed Date:  1997-07-30     Revised Date:  2007-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia / etiology*
Bedding and Linens / adverse effects*
Consumer Product Safety*
Equipment Design
Retrospective Studies
Sudden Infant Death / etiology*

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