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Infant Care Practices, Caregiver Awareness of Safe Sleep Advice and Barriers to Implementation: A Scoping Review

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556, Australia
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Women’s and Children’s Service, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Birtinya, QLD 4575, Australia
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Sunshine Coast Health Institute, Birtinya, QLD 4575, Australia
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Queensland Child Death Review Board, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia
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Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Grafton, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 7712; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137712
Received: 28 April 2022 / Revised: 16 June 2022 / Accepted: 17 June 2022 / Published: 23 June 2022
Modifiable infant sleep and care practices are recognised as the most important factors parents and health practitioners can influence to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant mortality. Understanding caregiver awareness of, and perceptions relating to, public health messages and identifying trends in contemporary infant care practices are essential to appropriately inform and refine future infant safe sleep advice. This scoping review sought to examine the extent and nature of empirical literature concerning infant caregiver engagement with, and implementation of, safe sleep risk-reduction advice relating to Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infancy (SUDI). Databases including PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Medline, EMBASE and Ovid were searched for relevant peer reviewed publications with publication dates set between January 2000–May 2021. A total of 137 articles met eligibility criteria. Review results map current infant sleeping and care practices that families adopt, primary infant caregivers’ awareness of safe infant sleep advice and the challenges that families encounter implementing safe sleep recommendations when caring for their infant. Findings demonstrate a need for ongoing monitoring of infant sleep practices and family engagement with safe sleep advice so that potential disparities and population groups at greater risk can be identified, with focused support strategies applied. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI); sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); sleep-related infant mortality; infant care practices; safe sleeping advice; health promotion; public health campaign Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI); sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); sleep-related infant mortality; infant care practices; safe sleeping advice; health promotion; public health campaign
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Cole, R.; Young, J.; Kearney, L.; Thompson, J.M.D. Infant Care Practices, Caregiver Awareness of Safe Sleep Advice and Barriers to Implementation: A Scoping Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 7712. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137712

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Cole R, Young J, Kearney L, Thompson JMD. Infant Care Practices, Caregiver Awareness of Safe Sleep Advice and Barriers to Implementation: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):7712. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137712

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Cole, Roni, Jeanine Young, Lauren Kearney, and John M. D. Thompson. 2022. "Infant Care Practices, Caregiver Awareness of Safe Sleep Advice and Barriers to Implementation: A Scoping Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 7712. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137712

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