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Factors Beyond Sleep Environment Contribute to Decrease in SIDS

Reductions in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are commonly attributed to modifications in infant sleep environments. However, a new study in the January 2016 issue of Pediatrics (published online Wednesday, Dec. 2) says that while making the sleep environment safer was critical to reducing the number of SIDS deaths, SIDS mortality has also followed trends in overall post-neonatal mortality. These findings suggest that efforts addressing the sleep environment must be coupled with understanding intrinsic biological pathways in order to address the underlying vulnerability to SIDS and reduce the currently plateaued SIDS rate. NERI statisticians Felicia Trachtenberg and Brian Harty contributed to this work.

View the American Academy of Pediatrics press release [PDF]
View the Boston Children's Hospital press release [PDF]

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