This report examines the response of families to the American Academy of Pediatrics June 1992 recommendation that healthy term infants be put to sleep on their back or side to decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Parents at two clinics and private practices were interviewed to ascertain sleep position practices.
A total of 760 interviews were conducted using a closed-ended questionnaire.
Parents were asked about sleep position, positional changes during sleep, and factors that influenced their decision to position their infant prone, side, or supine.
Interviews were conducted from September 1993 through April 1994.
The number of infants placed side or supine for sleep increased significantly since the inception of the study, from 38.1% to 59.1%. Despite this increase, parents reported that the impetus for changing position came from family or the media, rather than from health professionals.
Side and supine positioning for sleep increased in all socioeconomic groups.
A small number of infants placed side or supine for sleep are found prone on awakening.
Health professionals need to increase their role in providing sleep position guidance.
As the proportion of the population positioning their infants side or supine for sleep increases, it should be possible to examine the effect on the sudden infant death syndrome rate.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mort subite, Nourrisson, Homme, Prévention, Position, Sommeil, Evaluation, Parent, Recommandation, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Appareil respiratoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sudden death, Infant, Human, Prevention, Position, Sleep, Evaluation, Parent, Recommendation, United States, North America, America, Respiratory disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0413118
Code Inist : 002B11D. Création : 01/03/1996.