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Acta Paediatr. 1998 Oct;87(10):1028-32.

Sleeping position, breastfeeding, bedsharing and passive smoking in 3-month-old Swedish infants.

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Department of Women and Child Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Parents of 1028 infants who attended community-based infant health clinics were interviewed concerning infant sleeping position, feeding habits, bedsharing and passive smoking at 3 months of postnatal age. In addition, they were asked to state which source of information had mainly influenced them in the choice of the sleeping position. Fifteen per cent of the infants were regularly laid to sleep in the prone position, compared with 72% (1991) before official guidelines concerning infant sleeping position were issued. The overall prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding was 70.4%. Prevalence of maternal smoking was 17.9% and 22.8% of the infants were regularly bedsharing with the parents. Those mothers who did not comply with official recommendations regarding infant sleeping position were also less likely to follow other recommendations concerning infant care practices. Prone sleeping infants were more likely to be formula fed and exposed to passive smoking, and hence associated with additional risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome.

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