30 May, 08 | by Ian Wacogne
In families who have experienced sudden infant death, other risk factors can be used to predict the possiblity of subsequent sudden infant deaths. Here.
I found this a hard one to read and understand.
I think it says this:
- the majority of children who have sudden infant death will have what we already understand as risk factors
- it wouldn’t be surprising then, that the risk of having a second sudden infant death would be higher than in the overall population; this is particularly true if you look at risk factors which are hard to modify like socioeconomic status.
- the risk of a second sudden infant death in patients with fewer risk factors – especially those from higher socioeconomic backgrounds – will be lower
- these authors have developed a model to look at this.
Obviously there are quite a few important implications for this, although the authors are very careful to point out that this works on a population level, but not on an individual level; it could not be used, for example, in a court case.