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J Paediatr Child Health. 1992;28 Suppl 1:S9-12.

Further evidence supporting a causal relationship between prone sleeping position and SIDS.

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Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Abstract

A 3 year case-control study identifying the risk factors for SIDS was undertaken. Preliminary analysis of the data from the first year suggested that SIDS mortality could fall by 50% if the prevalence of the prone sleeping position changed from 40 to 0%. During the 3 year study the prevalence of the prone sleeping position among infants has fallen from 43% in the first year to 20% in the third year. SIDS mortality has fallen to 3.1/1000 live births, which is very close to that predicted. When considered with other available evidence this strongly supports a causal relationship between the prone sleeping position and SIDS.

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