Infant autonomic function is altered by maternal smoking during pregnancy.

  title={Infant autonomic function is altered by maternal smoking during pregnancy.},
  author={Ciar{\'a}n Browne and Paul B Colditz and Kimble Robert Dunster},
  journal={Early human development},
  volume={59 3},
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is more prevalent in infants of smokers and may involve subtle alterations in autonomic control mechanisms. Autonomic function can be assessed using blood pressure responses to a passive head-up tilt and power spectral analysis of heart rate variability. This study aimed to determine if maternal smoking altered infants' responses to head-up tilt. Blood pressure and heart rate responses to a passive 70 degrees head-up tilt were compared in infants of smokers… CONTINUE READING

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