Safe-sleep recommendations for infants have not reduced sudden deaths in newborns

An analysis of trends in sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) over the past two decades finds that the drop in such deaths that took place following release of the 1992 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) "back to sleep" recommendations, did not occur in infants in the first month of life. The report from investigators from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), which has been published online in the Journal of Pediatrics , identifies several potentially modifiable factors that may contribute to the persistent risk of sudden, unexplained death during the first days and weeks of...

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