Sitting Devices Can Be Risky for Very Young Infants

Infants less than 1 month old at highest risk

FRIDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- Infants less than 1 month old may be at higher risk of sudden death when in a sitting device such as a car seat, according to research published online July 19 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Aurore Cote, M.D., from McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada, and colleagues reviewed the cases of 508 sudden unexpected deaths in infants up to 1 year of age in Quebec.

The researchers found that 17 deaths occurred while in sitting devices, and 10 of those were unexplained. Eight of the deaths occurred during car trips. The infants were no more likely to be premature than others in the study, although they were more likely to be less than 1 month old. The investigators found that three infants were at higher risk of upper airway obstruction.

"Although very few deaths occurred in car seats, our results suggest that caution should be used when placing younger infants in car seats and similar sitting devices, whether the infants have been born prematurely or not," Cote and colleagues conclude.

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