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Mattress link to cot death ruled out

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7144.1553c (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1553
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    There is no evidence to suggest that an interaction between mould and fire retardants used in PVC and other materials used to manufacture cot mattresses causes the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

    This is the conclusion reached by an expert group set up to investigate cot death theories in its final report, published this week. The group was set up in December 1994 after the transmission of The Cook Report programme on ITV. Worried parents made thousands of calls to the television network after the broadcast.

    The programme investigated the …

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