Decreased serotonin levels may contribute to SIDS

February 2, 2010 6:11:27 PM PST
Abnormalities in a chemical in the brain may explain the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies.

A new study of out of Children's Hospital Boston found decreased levels of serotonin in the brain of babies who died from SIDS. Serotonin regulates breathing, blood pressure and heart rate.

Doctors recommend babies be put to sleep on their backs to try and prevent SIDS.

The findings are in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.