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Black Babies' High SIDS Risk

Posted - Mar. 1, 2004 at 8:40 a.m.



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CHICAGO - Black infants are at more than double the risk of sudden infant death syndrome than whites, but teaching parents the best sleeping position for babies would help, researchers said today.

The overall U.S. rate of sudden infant death syndrome has dropped 40 percent since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that babies be placed to sleep on their backs.

But the rate of SIDS among black infants remained more than double that of whites, researcher Rachel Moon of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences said.

Part of the reason for the disparity is that instructional methods don't reach low-income black parents, Moon wrote in the journal Pediatrics.

Reuters

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