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Kansas researchers identify age-variable risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 18, 2014, at 7:52 a.m.

Researchers from Children’s Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas, Children’s National Health System and the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network have found that risk factors for sleep-related deaths of infants vary depending on age, according to a news release.

They found that the biggest risk for infants up to 3 months old is bedsharing while rolling on the stomach; objects in the sleeping area are the biggest risk for infants 4 to 11 months old.

The research, which was published in the July 14 issue of “Pediatrics,” analyzed data from more than 8,000 infant deaths in 24 states from 2004 to 2012.

“This research is helpful for us as we educate the community,” said Christy Schunn, executive director of the KIDS Network.

Schunn said families are encouraged to follow the “ABCs of Safe Sleep” by putting babies Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib.

For more information, call the KIDS Network at 316-682-1301 or visit www.kidsks.org.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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