SIDS prevention: 3000 lives saved but we can do better

Edwin A Mitchell, Peter S Blair

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Mortality from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has decreased substantially from the late 1980s. This has been attributed to the change in infant sleep position initially from prone (front) to side and then to predominantly supine (back). We calculate that this has saved over 3000 lives. However, we argue that we could save more infant lives, if more focus was given to the risks observed from parents sleeping in the same bed as their babies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-7
Number of pages8
JournalNew Zealand Medical Journal
Issue number1359
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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