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.
- SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome
- sleeping position
- mortality trends
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Published Online First 3 April 2007
EAM is supported by the Child Health Research Foundation.
Competing interests: None.