Reduction in sudden infant death syndrome may be due to parents checking their babies more often

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.752c (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:752
  1. D P Davies, Professor,
  2. B M Ansari, Professor,
  3. I E L Evans, Registrar
  1. Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN
  2. Department of Child Health, East Glamorgan Hospital, Church Village, Pontypridd CF38 1AB

    EDITOR,—Christine M H Hiley and Colin J Morley show that the continuing fall in the incidence of the sudden infant death syndrome in Cambridge in 1993 was strongly associated with the increased proportion of babies who slept in the supine position.1 In the same issue A S Douglas and colleagues speculate about why prone sleeping is a risk factor for the syndrome, linking it with less exposure of the eyes to light and interference with the maturation of mechanisms of the photoneuroendocrine system.2 …

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