Fans found to reduce SIDS risk
A new study suggests that air cooling fans aid in the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome.
While letting infants sleep on their backs has cut the danger of sudden infant death syndrome, measures as simple as using a fan or opening a window could further reduce it, according to a new study.

Infants who slept in a bedroom with a fan had a 72% lower risk of SIDS, also known as crib death or cot death, compared to babies sleeping in rooms without a fan, Kimberly Coleman-Phox and colleagues at Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research in Oakland, California found.

This was regardless of sleep position. Opening a window reduced the risk by 36%, they added.
The researchers interviewed nearly 500 mothers, some of whom had lost infants to SIDS.

Their study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, speculated that ventilation prevents the pooling of carbon dioxide around a baby's nose and mouth, decreasing the chance of breathing in exhaled air.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which helped pay for the study, said the ventilation findings need to be confirmed by additional research.

It said there still is no substitute for the most effective means known to reduce SIDS - placing infants to sleep on their backs. Other measures include using a firm mattresses and avoiding soft bedding such as comforters, preventing overheating, and not smoking while pregnant or around babies.

In the United States the rate of SIDS dropped by 56% from 1992 to 2003 after education efforts were launched promoting the on-the-back sleeping position.

Despite that, SIDS is still the leading cause of death among U.S. infants in the first year of life, and the third-leading cause of overall infant deaths generally.

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