Differences in the prevalence of risk and protective factors for SIDS between Germany and the Netherlands

Blaset, S.G. and Wegmann, U. (2012) Differences in the prevalence of risk and protective factors for SIDS between Germany and the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Background Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of an infant younger than one year of age and older than one week of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough postmortem examination. Risk and protective factors of SIDS are well known. Familiar risk factors are the prone sleeping position, parental smoking and overheating and familiar protective factors are the supine sleeping position, sleeping in a sleeping-sack, the use of a dummy and breast-feeding. In 2011 the incidence rate in the Netherlands was 8.25 SIDS cases per 100 000 infants younger than one year, in Germany in 2010 there were 24.42 SIDS cases per 100 000 infants younger than one year of age. Problem description Most children that die of SIDS decease between the age of two and six months. However, a clear explanation why there is an increased risk for SIDS within these months is lacking. Therefore, it is worthwhile to explore the prevalence of risk and protective factors for SIDS of parents of newborns and parents of children aged two to six months. Furthermore, the incidence rate of SIDS in Germany is much higher than in the Netherlands. This difference might be the result of differences in the health care for infants and the prevention campaigns for SIDS between the two countries. Hence, there is a need to explore the prevalence of risk and protective factors for SIDS of German and Dutch children and to compare these to find possible differences. These differences can be used as an indication for new, adapted preventive advices for SIDS in Germany.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Health Sciences BSc (56553)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61975
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