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Using a Fan May Reduce Risk of SIDS

Circulating air with a fan may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine on Monday.

The study of nearly 500 infants found that running a fan near a sleeping infant was associated with a 72 percent decrease in the risk of SIDS, according to ABC News.

Previous research has revealed that placing babies to sleep on their backs, firm mattresses and keeping pillows and toys out of the crib also prevents SIDS, a CBS News report said.

These findings have decreased the number of deaths resulting from SIDS by 56 percent in the last decade, the ABC article reported.

Doctors continue to search for the cause of the syndrome which results in the deaths of 2,500 babies a year.
The new study “seems to suggest that by improving room ventilation we can further reduce risk,? Dr. De-Kun Li of Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., said in ABC’s report.