Wednesday, October 8, 2008

reduce the risk of SIDS

a new study published in the october issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that using a fan to circulate air during sleep reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. the study was based on interviews with mothers of 185 infants who died from SIDS and mothers of 312 living infants of similar race and age. fan use during sleep was associated with a 72% reduction in SIDS risk, and the reduction in risk seems to be more pronounced when other risk factors (warmer room temperature, prone/side sleeping, co-sleeping, no use of pacifiers) are present.

click here for the complete journal citation and abstract.

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