Cot death: A fan dramatically reduces the risk
A simple fan in a baby’s bedroom may reduce the risk of cot death, or SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), a new study has found.
A fan that is kept on while a baby is sleeping reduces the overall risk of SIDS by 72 per cent, but it was even more beneficial if the bedroom was warm or if the baby was left either in the prone position, or was sleeping on its side.
A fan also reduces the SIDS risk in babies who usually share the bed with another child, and in those who don’t use a dummy (pacifier).
(Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2008; 162: 963-8).