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04 March 2011

New clue to sudden infant death syndrome

A new study finds that babies who sleep on their stomachs - a position thought to pose a risk for Sids - have lower levels of oxygen in their brains than those who sleep on their backs.

A new Australian study finds that babies who sleep on their stomachs - a position thought to pose a risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids) - have lower levels of oxygen in their brains than those who sleep on their backs.

The disorder has been documented since Biblical times, when it was called overlaying, explained study co-author Rosemary S.C. Horne, of the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research at the Monash Institute of Medical Research at Monash University in Melbourne. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the number of Sids cases rose because parents were encouraged to put their babies to sleep on their stomachs, Horne said.

 
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