Play position is influenced by knowledge of SIDS sleep position recommendations

J Paediatr Child Health. 1995 Dec;31(6):499-502. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1995.tb00871.x.


Objective: This study determined whether knowledge of sleeping in the prone position as a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) influences caregivers' positioning of their infants for play and sleep.

Methodology: One hundred caregivers attending Adelaide metropolitan Child Adolescent and Family Health Services (CAFHS) were surveyed by self-administered questionnaire.

Results: Ninety-three per cent of parents reported that their knowledge of SIDS influenced infant positioning for sleep and 84% reported they never put their infant in the prone position for sleep. Thirty-seven per cent reported that SIDS knowledge did influence play positioning and 26% reported never placing their infant prone for play. There was a significant association (P = 0.002) between the influence of SIDS knowledge on play positioning and avoidance of the prone position for play.

Conclusions: Community educators may need to clarify that prone positioning for play is not a risk factor for SIDS and that it is desirable for infants to spend supervised wakeful time in the prone position.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Parents / education*
  • Parents / psychology
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Prone Position*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sudden Infant Death / etiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires