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Bed- and sofa-sharing practices in a UK biethnic population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22351888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and associations of bed- and sofa-sharing in a biethnic UK birth cohort.
METHODS: We surveyed 3082 participants in the Born in Bradford birth cohort study by using a telephone interview when infants were aged 2 to 4 months. We asked families about sleep surface sharing behaviors, and other sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)-related behaviors.
RESULTS: There were 15.5% of families that had ever bed-shared, 7.2% of families regularly bed-shared, and 9.4% of families had ever sofa-shared with their infants; 1.4% reported both. Regular bed-sharers were more commonly Pakistani (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 3.02, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.96-4.66), had further or higher educational qualifications (aOR = 1.62, 95% CI 1.03-2.57), or breastfed for at least 8 weeks (aOR = 3.06, 95% CI 2.00-4.66). The association between breastfeeding and bed-sharing was greater among white British than Pakistani families. Sofa-sharing occurred in association with smoking (aOR = 1.79, 95% CI 1.14-2.80) and breastfeeding for more than 8 weeks (aOR = 1.76, 95% CI 1.19-2.58), and was less likely in Pakistani families (aOR = 0.21, 95% CI 0.14-0.31), or single-parent families (aOR = 0.50, 95% CI 0.29-0.87).
CONCLUSIONS: The data confirm that bed-sharing and sofa-sharing are distinct practices, which should not be combined in studies of unexpected infant deaths as a single exposure. The determinants of sleep-surface sharing differ between the UK Pakistani and UK majority communities, and from those of US minority communities. Caution is needed in generalizing SUDI/SIDS risk factors across populations with differing risk factor profiles, and care should be taken in adopting SUDI/SIDS reduction guidelines from other contexts.
Helen L Ball; Eduardo Moya; Lesley Fairley; Janette Westman; Sam Oddie; John Wright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-02-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  129     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-02     Completed Date:  2012-04-25     Revised Date:  2014-03-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e673-81     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Beds / utilization*
Confidence Intervals
Cross-Sectional Studies
Cultural Characteristics
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
Great Britain
Infant Care / methods*
Logistic Models
Mother-Child Relations
Parent-Child Relations*
Risk Assessment
Socioeconomic Factors
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology*
Grant Support
RP-PG-0407-10044//Department of Health

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