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Health: Mums who Smoke and drink while pregnant ‘increase baby’s risk of cot death’

CHILDREN born to mums who drank and smoked while they were pregnant are 12 times more likely to die from cot death than those that weren’t.

A new study found that unborn babies exposed to tobacco and alcohol beyond the first trimester of pregnancy are at a huge risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The shocking revelation comes after a team of scientists from the US and South Africa, known as the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network, followed the outcomes of nearly 12,000 pregnancies between 2007 and 2015.

The women were from areas in the US and South Africa that were selected for their high rates of prenatal alcohol use and SIDS.

SIDS is the sudden, unexplained, death of an infant under one year of age.

Sudden death

The researchers determined one-year outcomes for about 94 per cent of the pregnancies.

And they found that 66 infants died during that time, including 28 SIDS deaths and 38 deaths from known causes.

In addition to the almost 12-fold increased SIDS risk from combined smoking and drinking beyond the first trimester of pregnancy, they determined that the risk of SIDS was increased five-fold in infants whose mothers reported they continued smoking beyond the first trimester.

And the risk increased four-fold in infants whose mothers reported they continued drinking beyond the first trimester.


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