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Sudden infant death syndrome: bed sharing with mothers who smoke
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    Sudden infant death syndrome: bed sharing with mothers who smoke

    Dear Editor

    James and colleagues,[1] in reporting on SIDS in the Wirral, twice state that national advice does not warn of the risks of bed-sharing by mothers who smoke. This is not true. Following the findings of the CESDI SUDI study,[2] for over six years the leaflet "Reduce the risk of cot death", published jointly by the Department of Health and the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) and handed ou...

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    Re: Bedsharing, Maternal Smoking, and SIDS

    Dear Editor

    I thank Professor McKenna for his letter dated 6th February and agree that the word "and" would have been appropriate in the conclusion of the above paper.

    It was the authors intent to highlight the combination of bed sharing and maternal smoking as a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, rather than them being independent risk factors.

    We hope that this important message wi...

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    Bedsharing, Maternal Smoking, and SIDS
    • James J. McKenna, Professor of Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab

    Dear Editor

    Re: James et al.[1] This article makes an important step forward by indicating by its title that--the subset of bedsharing mothers studied were very different from many others--who, for example, do not smoke, or who, might, unlike your mothers, not smoke AND breast feed.

    However, I had one disappointment with this otherwise important paper. The authors state in their conclusions...

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