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POOR post-natal weight gain is an independent factor that renders infants vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to researchers in the UK.

Dr. Peter S. Blair, of the Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, and colleagues with the CESDI SUDI research group examined population based data on live births in England over three years.

The researchers found that the growth rate from birth to the final weight observation was significantly poorer among SIDS infants, according to their report in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Dr. Blair and colleagues said that the difference in weight gain between cases and controls was apparent within the first 5-7 weeks of life. This does not mean that poor weight gain by itself
provides a sensitive marker for the risk of SIDS, but it does mean that there may be potential for intervention where poor weight gain is identified." - Agencies

As reported in Business Line News Service
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