What are risk factors for newborn drowning deaths?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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In an analysis of intentional newborn deaths (72 coroner cases 70 </ref>Studies have identified the following as risk factors for such newborn deaths:

  • Young and unmarried mothers

  • Parental depression

  • Family financial problems

  • Residence of the mother and child in households with unrelated male adults

The infant often was found to be at home alone with the caretaker-perpetrator (93%) and was crying. The authors suggest that these incidents may be impulsive, largely unintended, and result from stress. [71] A study by Dias et al, suggested that targeted hospital-based education and social service involvement may be effective in reducing these cases. [72]


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