Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Research Paper

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome remains the leading cause of post-neonatal mortality (under the age of one) in developed countries. The causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have been puzzling and research is being conducted to solve this catastrophic problem. Having a child under the age of one makes me very concerned, along with any other parent(s), that the possibility of SIDS could affect any infant at anytime, SIDS does not discriminate. I am seeking to find the possible causes to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome so in the future deaths could be avoided.
Researchers have studied the many possible causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and four have been selected for this paper.
The first study addressed the effects of an
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Third Study Summary

SIDS and Preterm Infants

Malloy, Michael H., (2004). Sudden Infant Death Syndrome among Extremely Preterm Infants: United State 1997-1999. Journal of Perinatology, 24, 181-187.

The objective of this particular study was to examine the sociodemographic and medical risk factors in the United States that were associated with infants dying of SIDS in the post neonatal period as compared to the infants of similar gestation surviving the post neonatal period or dying of other causes in that same period.
The researchers collected data to find a correlation between the death of an infant (dependent variable) in and the potential causes, being preterm birth (independent variable). The study was conducted on infants of the age range 24 to 32 week's gestation and identifies characteristics that are more rampant among infants dying of SIDS in the post neonatal period. They were then compared to infants of similar gestation who survived or who had died of non related causes in the postnatal period.
Data was collected by means of a correlational, case study method. Information was obtained from birth and death certificates for the years of 1997, 1998 and 1999. The study was limited to people that were residents in the United States and infants with a birth weight of 500 to 2500 grams.

The results of the study concluded that there