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SIDS prevention: 3000 lives saved but we can do better

Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee
16 August 2012

This article, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, looks at the fall in sudden infant deaths (SIDS) over the past two decades. The decline in SIDS cases has been attributed to a change in infant sleep position; from lying on the front, to the side and then to predominantly lying on the back. The authors estimate that this has saved over 3000 lives. However, they argue that further lives can be saved by focussing on the increased risks from bed sharing.

The article is written by Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee member, Edwin Mitchell and co-writer Peter Blair, and is available on the link below courtesy of the New Zealand Medical Journal.

SIDS prevention: 3000 lives saved but we can do better