Letter

Dummies and SIDS: Causality has not been established

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7534.178-a (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:178
  1. Peter S Blair, research fellow (p.s.blair@bris.ac.uk),
  2. Peter J Fleming, professor of infant health and developmental physiology
  1. Institute of Child Life and Health, University of Bristol, Bristol BS2 8AE
  2. Institute of Child Life and Health, University of Bristol, Bristol BS2 8AE

    Editor—The relative risk for associated factors should not be confused with the attributable risk for causative factors. Li et al express the risk associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and use of a dummy (pacifier) during sleep as a 90% reduction in risk, which could be potentially misunderstood and brings unwarranted media attention to what otherwise …

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