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Child Abuse Negl. 1991;15(3):275-8.

Child abuse and cot deaths.

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Southern Derbyshire Health Authority, UK.


A search was made of the Child Protection Register for children with siblings who died of SIDS. The Child Health Department in Southern Derbyshire Health Authority (population 522,000; 7,100 births per year) undertakes confidential inquiries into all child deaths and registered SIDS deaths are noted. This study looked at all children born between January 1, 1984 and June 30, 1988 whose names appeared on the Child Protection Register as victims of abuse or who were considered to be at risk for abuse. From a cohort of 288 children on the Child Protection Register, one in 30 of the children on the Register had a sibling whose death was registered as caused by SIDS. In Southern Derbyshire there is an association between child abuse and about 10% of deaths of children diagnosed as SIDS.

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