Safe Sleep Practices for Infants: An Assessment of Caregiver Behavior
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Van Zee, Abby
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) remains the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year of age (Hauck et al, 2014). According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are approximately 3,700 infant deaths per year in the United States (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS), 2015). In 2012, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially changed the Back To Sleep campaign to The Safe Sleep Campaign in order to encompass all sleep practices to reduce the incidence of SIDS and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). The purpose of this scholarly project was to assess caregiver’s knowledge of safe sleep practices when caring for an infant less than one year of age, and in turn, provided results that detail areas for educational growth opportunities. After careful assessment of the caregiver’s knowledge with reinforcement of safe sleep practice at every opportunity of a primary care visit we hoped to have lowered the rates for SIDS and SUID. The essential features of this non-experimental, descriptive study were completed through the use of a survey that was given to caregivers at the Sioux Center Health Clinic.
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