What is the mechanism of SIDS? Clues from epidemiology

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dc.contributor.author Mitchell, Edwin en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-07T22:00:36Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Developmental Psychobiology 51(3):215-222 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 0012-1630 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13337 en
dc.description.abstract The cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is unknown. Many mechanisms have been postulated, although thermal stress, rebreathing of expired gases and infection/inflammation seem the most viable hypotheses for the causation of SIDS. Deaths from SIDS have reduced dramatically following the recommendation not to place infants to sleep prone. Epidemiological data have shown that prone sleeping position is more risky in winter, colder latitudes, higher altitudes, if the infant is unwell or has excessive bedding or clothing. This suggests prone sleeping position involves either directly or indirectly a thermal mechanism. SIDS caused by an infective/inflammatory mechanism might be associated with deaths occurring during the night. Rebreathing of expired gases, airway obstruction, long QT syndrome and other genetic conditions may explain a small number of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy. en
dc.publisher Wiley Periodicals, Inc. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Developmental Psychobiology en
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dc.title What is the mechanism of SIDS? Clues from epidemiology en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/dev.20369 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 215 en
pubs.volume 51 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Wiley Periodicals, Inc. en
dc.identifier.pmid 19224543 en
pubs.end-page 222 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 97757 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id School of Medicine en
pubs.org-id Paediatrics Child & Youth Hlth en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19224543 en

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