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SIDS-protective infant care practices among Auckland, New Zealand mothers.
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PMID:  17195858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To survey the knowledge and implementation of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)-protective infant care practices in mothers of infants aged less than 4 months. METHODS: A postal survey was carried out of knowledge of SIDS risk factors and infant care practices of 200 mothers with infants aged 6-8 weeks and 3-4 months. RESULTS: Mothers who could cite supine sleeping as protective comprised 84%, while 73% knew that smoking was a risk factor. Fewer knew that room sharing, keeping the face clear of bedding, and avoiding bed sharing and overheating are also protective. Fifty-four percent of the infants usually room-share with a parent, while 39% both room-share and sleep in their own bed. Sixteen percent usually co-slept for part or all of the night. Nearly one-third used pacifiers. Mothers who smoked during pregnancy comprised 8%, while 7% had smoked in the last 24 hours. Most infants (97%) had been breastfed at some time. CONCLUSIONS: Maternal education of the benefits of supine sleeping, not smoking, and breastfeeding appear well understood by these mothers. However, more education is needed about other SIDS-protective behaviours such as keeping the face clear and sleeping the infant in their own bed in the parents' room.
Lynne Hutchison; Alistair W Stewart; Ed Mitchell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-12-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  119     ISSN:  1175-8716     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-01     Completed Date:  2007-02-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  U2365     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, The University of Auckland, Auckland.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Health Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant Care*
Mothers* / statistics & numerical data
New Zealand
Risk Factors
Smoking / epidemiology
Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Supine Position

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