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J Paediatr Child Health. 1995 Aug;31(4):269-71.

Accidental death or sudden infant death syndrome?

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Department of Paediatrics, Adelaide Children's Hospital, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the reasons why it is difficult to decide whether to attribute some infant deaths to accidents or to SIDS.

METHODOLOGY:

To extract from infant deaths data in South Australia those where the cause of death is debatable.

RESULTS:

The risks associated with rocking cradles, bed sharing, bedclothes, couch sleeping, unsafe cots or beds and the prone position are presented.

CONCLUSIONS:

Uniform worldwide death scene investigations for all infant deaths should help identify unsafe sleeping conditions for infants.

PMID:
7576879
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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