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Cot death on the rise

Published måndag 24 oktober 2011 kl 09.43
Cases of sudden infant death syndrome in Sweden. Click for full graph (in Swedish). Graph: Liv Widell

After many years of a decreasing number of babies dying from "sudden infant death syndrome" or so called cot death in Sweden, the trend has now turned, Swedish Radio News reports. Last year, there were almost twice as many babies who died from cot death compared to 2007.

Although numbers are still low, the trend is alarming and something needs to be done immediately, says Miriam Katz-Salamon, researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. A new register is being started to try to determine the reason for the increase.

Meanwhile, Katz-Salamon says information campaigns do get results. The advice to avoid cot death is simple: don't expose the child to smoking, let the child sleep on its back and keep the room cool.

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