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Weight gain and sudden infant death syndrome: changes in weight z scores may identify infants at increased risk
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    Re: Consider absolute risks in SIDS prevention

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    Poor postnatal weight gain was a significant factor in the multivariate analysis despite controlling for low birthweight, prematurity, neonatal problems, poor socio-economic status and many other potential confounding factors and remained significant when further highly predictive covariates of SIDS such as infants put down prone, infants found with head covered and tobacco exposure were added...

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    Consider absolute risks in SIDS prevention
    • Stuart Logan, Paediatric Epidemiologist, Epidemiologist, Consultant Paediatrician respectively
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      • "Helen Bedford, David Elliman"

    Sir

    The demonstration by Blair et al[1] of an association between poor postnatal growth and an increased risk of SIDS, is a useful addition to our understanding of the aetiology of this condition. It is unfortunate that the conclusion in the abstract that "Poor postnatal weight gain was independently associated with an increased risk of SIDS and could be identified at the routine six week assessment" (italics added...

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