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Sudden unexpected infant death.

This US study aimed to examine whether infants reported for maltreatment face a heightened risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other leading causes of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). Linked birth and infant death records for all children born in California between 1999 and 2006 were matched to administrative child protection data. Infants were prospectively followed from birth through death or one year of age. A previous maltreatment report emerged as a significant predictor of SIDS and other SUID. Infants reported to child protective services have a heightened risk of SIDS and other SUID. After adjusting for baseline risk factors, the rate of SIDS was more than three times as great among infants reported for possible maltreatment. Targeted services and improved communication between child protective services and the paediatric healthcare community may enhance infant wellbeing and reduce risk of death.

J Pediatr 2014 164(1): 142-8.

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Title Annotation:Research evidence
Publication:Community Practitioner
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2014
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