The continuing decline in SIDS mortality
- 1Department of Paediatrics, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
- 2Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health (Tamaki Campus), University of Auckland, New Zealand
- Correspondence to:
Professor Ed Mitchell
Department of Paediatrics, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand;
- Accepted 15 March 2007
- Published Online First 3 April 2007
The “Back to Sleep” campaign resulted in a dramatic decrease in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) worldwide. SIDS mortality has continued to decline (in New Zealand by 63% from 1993 to 2004), but the reason for this has not been explained. A postal survey found that the proportion of infants sleeping on their back has increased substantially (from 24.4% in 1992 to 72.3% in 2005), and this could account for the 39%–48% decrease in SIDS mortality.
Published Online First 3 April 2007
EAM is supported by the Child Health Research Foundation.
Competing interests: None.