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04-05-2024 | Sudden Infant Death Syndrome | Commentary

The role of alcohol in infant cosleeping deaths

Author: Roger W. Byard

Published in: Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology

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Abstract

The well-established epidemiological and neuropathological differences between infants who die alone compared to those in shared sleeping environments indicate that these cohorts have differences. Risk factors in both situations depend on both exogenous and endogenous factors. Although parental consumption of alcohol continues to be cited as a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) it is difficult to understand how a substance which impairs parental consciousness rather than infant arousal could contribute to SIDS. Surely a more logical mechanism to explain these deaths would be suffocation by a sedated adult rather than evoking predisposing factors for SIDS.
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Metadata
Title
The role of alcohol in infant cosleeping deaths
Author
Roger W. Byard
Publication date
04-05-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology
Print ISSN: 1547-769X
Electronic ISSN: 1556-2891
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12024-024-00824-5