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Effect of sleeping position on nasal patency in newborns
  1. O Olarinde1,
  2. A R Banerjee1,
  3. C O’Callaghan2
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester UK
  2. 2Division of Child Health, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor O’Callaghan
    Division of Child Health, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, Leicester LE2 7LX, UK; christopher.o{at}virgin.net

Abstract

Sleeping posture has been implicated in the pathophysiology of sudden infant death syndrome. The effect of supine and lateral sleeping positions on nasal patency was investigated using acoustic rhinometry in 11 healthy newborns. The implications of the findings in sudden infant death syndrome are discussed.

  • acoustic rhinometry
  • sleep
  • nasal patency

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Footnotes

  • Funding: Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Infirmary.

  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Ethical approval: granted by the local research ethics committee.

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