From the Department of Pediatrics/Division of Neonatology, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
Infant sleep position has been a concern of parents for decades, but
only in this decade has it become a topic of public health interest and importance.
In the past, infant sleep position undoubtedly has been affected by cultural
traditions, which may have been influenced by empirical observations of infant
sleep patterns and perhaps by nonsystematic but astute observations of associations
of adverse infant health outcomes with particular sleep positions. However,
current research has provided the opportunity to define more clearly adverse
outcomes associated with infant sleep position and to understand factors associated
with and affecting a parent's decision to choose a position in which to place
an infant for sleep.
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