Accidental death or sudden infant death syndrome?

J Paediatr Child Health. 1995 Aug;31(4):269-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1995.tb00808.x.


Objective: To describe the reasons why it is difficult to decide whether to attribute some infant deaths to accidents or to SIDS.

Methodology: To extract from infant deaths data in South Australia those where the cause of death is debatable.

Results: The risks associated with rocking cradles, bed sharing, bedclothes, couch sleeping, unsafe cots or beds and the prone position are presented.

Conclusions: Uniform worldwide death scene investigations for all infant deaths should help identify unsafe sleeping conditions for infants.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home / mortality*
  • Asphyxia / epidemiology
  • Asphyxia / etiology*
  • Bedding and Linens
  • Beds
  • Cause of Death
  • Equipment Safety
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Parenting / ethnology
  • Prone Position
  • South Australia / epidemiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / etiology*