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Cot mattresses and the sudden infant death syndrome

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1071
  1. B A Richardson
  1. Honorary research fellow Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5LJ

    EDITOR,—P J Fleming and colleagues' editorial on the possibility of a relation between the fire retardants, biocides, and plasticisers in cot mattresses and sudden infant death should help medical professionals understand how the sudden infant death syndrome may be caused by gases generated from mattresses by micro-organisms1; arsine from wallpaper similarly caused deaths of infants a century ago.2

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