Sudden infant death syndrome: investigating risk factors and safer sleeping practices
Mothers are asked to recall three sudden infant death syndrome strategies and identify risk in sleep scenarios
The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is known to be reduced by safer sleeping practices, including placing infants on their back to sleep. While there have been major campaigns to ensure parents are aware, it is not known how successful these have been or whether the knowledge levels have been sustained.
This study, conducted in areas of socio-economic deprivation, investigated both knowledge levels and attitudes towards safer sleeping practices: 400 mothers approached in health visitor-led clinics completed the face-to-face survey.
Mothers were asked to recall three SIDS prevention strategies and identify risk in 14 sleep scenarios. Data was compared between those who had infants at ‘higher’ risk of SIDS, determined through an algorithm based on factors such as smoking (12%) and those...
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