[Revised guideline 'prevention of cot death']

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Jun 14;152(24):1370-5.
[Article in Dutch]


There are new insights into the pathogenesis of cot death ('sudden infant death syndrome'; SIDS). Based on these new insights, the Dutch Paediatric Association and the Dutch Child and Youth Health Care Physicians have drawn up a new guideline 'Prevention of cot death', which replaces the consensus statement of 1996. The 2 major differences from the old guideline are that co-sleeping of young infants in the same bed with the parents is now actively discouraged under the age of 4 months, and that the supine sleeping position is recommended from birth on. The recommendation that lying on one side can be used during the first 2 weeks of life has now been withdrawn.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beds
  • Bottle Feeding / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Primary Prevention*
  • Prone Position
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep / physiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / etiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / prevention & control*