Journal article

Arousal from sleep in infants is impaired following an infection

RSC Horne, A Osborne, J Vitkovic, B Lacey, S Andrew, B Chau, SM Cranage, TM Adamson

EARLY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Numerous studies have postulated a link between recent infection and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In this study we contrasted arousal responses from sleep in infants on the day of discharge from hospital following an infection with those when fully recovered and also with well age-matched control infants. Thirteen term infants comprised the infection group and nine well infants acted as age-matched controls. All infants were studied using daytime polysomnography and multiple measurements of arousal threshold (cm H(2)O) in response to air-jet stimulation applied alternately to the nares were made in both active sleep (AS) and quiet sleep (QS). All infants were studied on two occasions..

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