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Fans may prevent SIDS

October 11, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Using a fan to circulate air seemed to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in a study of nearly 500 babies, researchers reported Monday.

Researchers found that fan use was associated with a 72% lower risk of SIDS, according to the study published in October's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Placing babies on their backs to sleep is the best advice for preventing SIDS, a still-mysterious cause of death. Experts also recommend a firm mattress, removing toys and pillows from cribs, and keeping infants from getting too warm.

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