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Using a dummy appears to reduce the risk of a baby dying from sudden infant death syndrome, research suggested today.

A study in California questioned the mothers or carers of 185 infants who died and 312 other parents, asking about factors such as dummy use and environmental factors which increase the risk of cot death.

The research, in the British Medical Journal, concludes that using a dummy during sleep was linked to a 90% reduced risk of SIDS compared to babies who did not use one.

Cot death rates have fallen in recent years, but still claim the lives of 300 UK babies every year. No single cause has been identified.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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