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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2007 Nov;46(9):791-800. Epub 2007 Jul 19.

Physician recommendations regarding SIDS risk reduction: a national survey of pediatricians and family physicians.

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  • 1Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, Washington, DC, USA.



Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a leading cause of death among infants. Recently, new SIDS risk factors have emerged.


To determine knowledge and recommendations of pediatricians and family physicians regarding SIDS-relevant practices.


Cross-sectional survey of 3005 pediatricians and family physicians.


Of the 783 respondents, pediatricians comprised 64% and females 52%; 78% recognized supine as the recommended sleep position; 69% recommended supine. Almost all physicians recommended a firm mattress, 82% recommended a crib or bassinet, and 42% recommended a separate room for infants; 63% had no preference about or did not recommend restricting pacifier use. Pediatricians were more likely to discuss infant sleep position and room sharing at every well-child visit.


Knowledge about recommended infant sleep position is relatively high, but there are gaps in physician knowledge regarding safe sleep recommendations. Greater dissemination of information is required, and barriers to implementation need to be identified and addressed.

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