The national cot death prevention program in New Zealand

Aust J Public Health. 1992 Jun;16(2):158-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1992.tb00045.x.


A case-control study examining the risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in New Zealand identified three risk factors that are potentially amenable to modification: prone sleeping position of the infant, maternal smoking and lack of breastfeeding. In total these three risk factors may account for 79 per cent of deaths from SIDS in New Zealand. We describe the planning and implementation of the cot death prevention program, which has involved a wide range of groups and different strategies. The outcome of the prevention program is being evaluated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Program Development*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / prevention & control*