SIDS risk higher in mothers who drink during pregnancy

Australian researchers analysed the health records of more than 21,840 children born to mothers with an alcohol-use disorder and compared them to more than 56,050 children born to healthy mothers.

Among the cohort, 303 infants died of SIDS and 598 died from other causes.

Maternal alcohol-use disorder may account for nearly 17% of SIDS deaths and 3–4% of infant deaths not classified as SIDS, suggesting early identification and intervention may be another avenue for SIDS prevention, the authors said.

Pediatrics 2013; online 26 Feb