Milan Kuchta, Jiří Jura, Eva Lazarová
Authors review questions of sudden infant deaths (SIDS), conditions leading to SIDS (ALTE, congenital metabolic disorders, position during sleep) and possibilities of prevention used in Slovakia. They include home apnoe-monitors, pregraduate and postgraduate education and medical and educational activities, activities of the Slovak SIDS Fund with recommendation for primary prevention of SIDS, and last but not least, polysomnographic examination of risk children (siblings SIDS, ALTE events, breathing disoders during sleep). After using these measures the incidence of SIDS has been reduced in 1/3 in last 10 years if compared with the beginning of data collecting (80 s) to 0,2 ‰ per 1000 live-borns. The authors analyse the last two-year period when negative trend of increase of SIDS in Slovakia occurred.