Connect
MJA
MJA

In Other Journals

Ann Gregory
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (2): 88.

Sleeping with a dummy (pacifier) is linked with a reduced risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to US researchers. In a case-control study, they examined the use of a dummy the night before death in 185 SIDS cases and 312 non-SIDS infant deaths. Not only was there a 90% reduction in risk for SIDS in infants who had used a dummy during their last sleep — use of a dummy also seemed to reduce the influence of other known risk factors in the sleep environment, such as sleep position and co-sleeping with a mother who smoked. The researchers say that promoting the use of a dummy when an infant is sleeping may be an effective public health measure in further reducing the incidence of SIDS.

  • Ann Gregory


Correspondence: 

Author

remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Comment
Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Responses are now closed for this article.