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Am J Public Health. 1990 Jul;80(7):873-5.

Swaddling and acute respiratory infections.

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Ministry of Health, Kuloglu Sokak, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

In Turkey and China the ancient practice of swaddling is still commonly practiced. Both countries have extremely high rates of pneumonia, especially during the neonatal period. Preliminary evidence on the possibility that swaddling may interfere with normal respiratory function and thereby predispose to pneumonia was gathered in a teaching health center in Ankara. Babies who had been swaddled for at least three months were four times more likely to have developed pneumonia (confirmed radiologically) and upper respiratory infections than babies who were unswaddled. These preliminary findings were highly significant and are being followed up by further studies.

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2356917
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PMC1404984
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