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Study: Pacifiers Cut SIDS Risk

Monday, 12 December 2005 12:00 AM

Baby pacifiers slash the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study done at the Kaiser Permanent HMO of Northern California.

The study found that babies who used a pacifier - also called a 'dummy" - had a 90 percent reduction in the risk of SIDS.

SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies less than a year old.

"Use of a dummy during sleep was associated with a reduced risk of SIDS," wrote Kaiser's Dr. De-Kun Li in the study published online by the British Medical Journal.

"Our results also provide some evidence that use of a dummy may reduce the impact of other risk factors for SIDS, especially those related to adverse sleep conditions."

Scientists from Kaiser Permanente and the National Institutes of Health analyzed the records of 185 infants who died of SIDS and 312 other infants of a similar age and race who survived..

"The use of dummies may be an effective strategy for public health intervention," Dr. Li added.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which issued revised guidelines in October, recommends that babies are put to sleep on their backs only and says pacifiers can also be used to help prevent SIDS.

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