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Dummies and SIDS: Low response rates generate considerable uncertainty

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:178
  1. Christopher J Cates, general practitioner (
  1. Manor View Practice, Bushey Health Centre, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2NN

    Editor—Li et al found that in infants who died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) the reported use of a dummy (pacifier) in the index sleep was 4.1%, in the 50% of eligible mothers who agreed to take part.1 The use of a dummy in the other 50% of eligible infants with SIDS is unknown. In the control …

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