October 7, 2008
Study: Use of Fan Lowers the Risk of Sids in Babies
The Associated Press
Using a fan to circulate air seemed to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in a study of nearly 500 babies, researchers reported Monday.
Placing babies on their backs to sleep is the best advice for preventing SIDS . Experts also recommend a firm mattress, removing toys and pillows from cribs, and keeping infants from getting too warm.
Such practices helped slash SIDS deaths in the United States by more than half over a decade to about 2,100 in 2003. But SIDS remains the leading cause of death in infants ages 1 month to 1 year.
"The baby's sleeping environment really matters," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif.
The new study, published in October's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, offers another way to make sure babies get enough air.
Researchers interviewed mothers of 185 infants who died of SIDS and mothers of 312 infants of similar race and age. Moms answered dozens of questions about their baby's sleeping environment.
Researchers took into account other risk factors and found that fan use was associated with a 72 percent lower risk of SIDS.
To prevent sudden infant death syndrome, experts recommend placing babies on their backs to sleep, using a firm mattress, removing toys and pillows from cribs, and keeping infants from getting too warm.
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