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SIDS and Woodsmoke I live in suburban Sydney, in an area with a lot of chimney smoke. The smoke from neighbouring properties can be smelt in my house. Does the wood smoke increase the risk of SIDS (like cigarette smoke?) . We have invested in an air purifier - which is not the perfect solution and i do not believe will remove all the particulates from the air. Are there any other preventative measures we can take. We have a newborn baby - less than 1 month old. Thanks.

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Posted a response on 25/11/19

Red Nose Education

Red Nose research and information is about exposing a baby to tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke is a known risk factor for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (including SIDS). Red Nose is not aware of any research linking wood fire smoke from a neighboring property to SIDS. The concern with wood burning fires is generally around those directly within a home & large outdoor fires, where the concern is predominantly carbon monoxide poisoning. However, as these wood burning fires are not in your home you would be at a decreased risk of exposure.
For more information about wood fires please see http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx
The Department of Environment & Energy also has information about wood smoke. http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/woodheaters-and-woodsmoke

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