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Rapid response to:


Use of a dummy (pacifier) during sleep and risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): population based case-control study

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:18

Rapid Response:

Dummies and unexpected death

Active babies on their front drive forward relentlessly; turned
turtle they move little. Asleep and guided by clothing a baby may twist
his head at the end of the cot, damaging the neck or burying his face.
Heat and illness make for restlessness; dummies pacify. Could this be a
reason for the interesting association of De Kun Li and his colleasgues?
Or are parents more readily roused by a cry from a normally quiet baby?

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 December 2005
Tom Hughes-Davies
Retired paediatrician
Breamore Marsh SP6 2EJ