Some SIDS cases may be caused by infection

September 11, 2008 6:28:38 PM PDT
Some cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) may be caused by a common bacterial infection. That is the finding of Australian researchers.

They found that one in 10 babies who died from SIDS tested positive for the bacteria widely known as Staph-A.

Doctors think infants may be particularly vulnerable between eight and 10 weeks because of weaknesses in the immune system. That is also when most cases of SIDS occur.

The results appear in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.