Children have greater risk of dying in unsafe sleep environment: Study

TORONTO -- The rate of infant deaths associated with unsafe sleep environments hasn't changed despite increased public awareness about the issue, according to a new report to be released Monday.

Of the 131 infant deaths studied by Ontario's Office of the Chief Coroner last year, 37 per cent were found in unsafe sleeping environments, according the annual report of the Paediatric Death Review Committee and Deaths Under Five Committee.

The children died with no findings on autopsy, but were in an unsafe sleep environment, said Dr. Dirk Huyer, the committees' chairman and the regional coroner for Guelph, Ont.

"What we don't know is whether that directly caused the death, or whether it's specifically associated with it," he said.

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