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New advice issued on prevention of sudden infant death

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:335
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    A new set of UK guidelines is being issued to parents to reduce the risk of sudden infant death following the publication this week of a three year study by the confidential inquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy.

    Parents will be advised not to fall asleep with their baby on a sofa, which increases the risk of sudden infant death almost 50-fold. They should not sleep with the baby in their bed if they smoke, have recently drunk alcohol, are excessively tired, or have taken sedatives.

    The baby's cot should be kept in the parents' bedroom for the first six months, and the use …

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