Smoking blamed for rise in cot deaths.
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The Scottish Cot Death Trust say 26 babies have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or crib death, sudden, unexpected, and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant under one year of age (usually between two weeks and eight months old). in the first half of this year compared with 13 in the same period last year.
Two more babies are said to have died from the syndrome in the last month and another two cases are suspected.
Elsewhere in Britain, there was a massive drop in cot deaths last year. Official figures for England and Wales England and Wales are both constituent countries of the United Kingdom, that together share a single legal system: English law. Legislatively, England and Wales are treated as a single unit (see State (law)) for the conflict of laws. released yesterday showed deaths falling by a quarter in 1998 to 284 compared with 393 in 1997 - 28 per cent down.
Scottish cot deaths over the same period also fell from 52 to 37 but experts are now baffled by the recent rise.
The past four years' figures show an unclear trend in the tragedies, with 46 deaths in 1995, 42 in 1996, 52 in 1997 and a fall to 37 in 1998.
Hazel Brooke, the Scottish Cot Death Trust's executive director, admits Scots must be on the alert. She said: "Cot death is far more likely to happen in the winter."
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Executive advised parents not to smoke, while Dr Caroline Blackwell, head of an Edinburgh University research team, said: "If the baby stops breathing or cannot be woken, dial 999."