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Crib Death: The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Enid Gilbert-Barness, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(2):214. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170390104030.
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This edition, like the second edition, includes 9 chapters. These chapters include the following: "Introduction and History of Crib Death," "Pathology of SIDS [Sudden Infant Death Syndrome],""Epidemiology,""Pathophysiology of Infants at Risk for SIDS," "Final Pathways: Theories of Cardiovascular Causes of SIDS," "Final Pathways: Apnea," "Identification and Management of Infants at Risk for SIDS," "Clinical Management of SIDS," and "Politics, Research, and Prevention."

The important aspects of SIDS have been elucidated during the last few years. The prone sleeping position, a risk factor, is discussed as is new information concerning rebreathing and carbon dioxide narcosis in the prone position; hyperthermia, which also seems to be a factor in some cases of SIDS, is also discussed. The risks of soft beds and bedding have also been recognized. From a practical standpoint, the array of literature until recently is passé, but the author has gleaned 1600 of the most relevant references.

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