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Common Features of SIDS Babies and Possible Links to CO:
SIDS occurs most commonly between 2 to 4 months of age.
More male babies die from SIDS than do female babies.
The SIDS baby is often noted to have a history of irritability, vomiting episodes, tachycardia (accelerated heartbeat) and tachypnea (accelerated breathing).
The SIDS baby often has a cold or some other mild respiratory ailment shortly before or at the time of death.
The SIDS baby often has a history of chronic hypoxia.
SIDS infants commonly have a smoker in the home.
A correlation has been noted between the incidence of CO poisonings, CO related deaths, and SIDS deaths in the winter.
An increased risk for SIDS was reported during weekends and holidays in Norway over a 19-year period (1967-1985).
Some of the pathological findings at autopsy in SIDS victims and CO poisoning victims are similar.
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