New Zealand: Campaign falters over bed sharing

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:8
  1. Charles Essex, community paediatrician
  1. Auckland

    The fall in the rate of the sudden infant death syndrome in New Zealand has had an appreciable impact on the country's postneonatal mortality. In 1988 postneonatal mortality was 6.1/1000 live births and the rate of the syndrome was 4.4/1000. By 1993 postneonatal mortality had fallen to 3.6/1000 and the rate of the syndrome to 2.1/1000.

    Since records of the sudden infant death syndrome have been kept the rate in Maoris has always been higher than the rate in non-Maoris, with Pacific Island babies in New Zealand having a slightly lower rate than babies of European descent. Although the rate in non-Maoris had …

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