Many infants move from position in which they are put to sleep

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1333 (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1333
  1. Guus A De Jonge,
  2. Adele C Engelberts
  1. Emeritus professor of paediatrics Prins Bernhardlaan 50, 2341 KL Oegstgeest, Netherlands
  2. Paediatrician Department of Paediatrics, Academic Hospital Leiden, Netherlands

    EDITOR,—Peter J Fleming and colleagues' paper emphasises the importance of methods of caring for babies in the risk of the sudden infant death syndrome.1 It does not, however, mention an important potential confounding factor for the risk attributed to sleeping position. In all seven Dutch national surveys on sleeping positions of infants between 1985 and November 1994 more boys than girls were placed to sleep prone.2 3 The same surprising difference was found in Flanders (Belgium) and Munster and Detmold (Germany).4 Half …

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