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N Z Med J. 1996 Jun 14;109(1023):206-7.

Soft cot mattresses and the sudden infant death syndrome.

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University of Auckland School of Medicine.

Abstract

AIMS:

To investigate whether soft cot mattresses are a risk factor for the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

METHODS:

A follow up postal questionnaire was sent to the subjects who were interviewed 3.8 years (range 2.2 to 5.2 years) previously as part of the New Zealand Cot Death Study, a large nationwide case-control study.

RESULTS:

105 European SIDS cases were compared with 828 European controls. Soft cot mattresses were associated with an increased risk of SIDS (adjusted OR = 2.36; 95% CI = 1.06, 5,25) compared with average or hard mattresses. The firmness of the mattress did not interact with the sleeping position of infant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Soft cot mattresses should be avoided.

PMID:
8668299
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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