Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Breathing reflex link to cot death

A protective reflex that stops breathing when food “goes down the wrong way” may be involved in cot death, scientists have claimed.

Scientists believe poor co-ordination between two parts of the brain that work together to control breathing and swallowing might play a key role in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids).

The reflex brings the vocal chords together to trigger coughing and swallowing.

The research is published today in the Journal of Physiology.

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