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Sudden infant death syndrome: an unrecognized killer in developing countries

Authors Ndu IK

Received 2 November 2015

Accepted for publication 5 January 2016

Published 3 February 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 1—4

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PHMT.S99685

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewers approved by Dr Francesco Morini

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Laurens Holmes, Jr


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Ikenna Kingsley Ndu

Department of Paediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

Abstract: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden unexpected death of an infant <1 year of age, with onset of the fatal episode apparently occurring during sleep, that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation including performance of a complete autopsy and review of the circumstances of death and the clinical history. SIDS contributes to infant mortality and resulted in ~15,000 deaths globally in 2013. Most of the risk factors of SIDS are common in developing countries; yet, there has been little interest in SIDS by researchers in Africa. This review looks at the extent of the attention given to SIDS in a developing country like Nigeria, and factors responsible for the scarce data concerning this significant cause of mortality.

Keywords: SIDS, mortality, Nigeria

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