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July 22/29, 1998

Effectively Delivering the Message on Infant Sleep Position

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics/Division of Neonatology, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

JAMA. 1998;280(4):373-374. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.373

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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