The changing epidemiology of SIDS following the national risk reduction campaigns

Pediatr Pulmonol Suppl. 1997:16:117-9. doi: 10.1002/ppul.1950230865.


Prone sleeping position is causally associated with SIDS. The change in the proportion of infants sleeping prone has resulted in a dramatic reduction in SIDS and total postneonatal mortality. The effect of prone sleeping position is modified by season, latitude, illness, thermal insulation and sheepskins. This suggests that the mechanism by which prone sleeping position causes SIDS is in some way related to temperature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Mortality
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Preventive Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prone Position*
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Seasons
  • Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*
  • Sudden Infant Death / prevention & control*
  • Supine Position