TABLE 6.

Mother’s Choice of Infant Sleep Position

Sources of Sleep Position KnowledgeSIDS CasesControlsP Value
N %N %
Doctor/nurse told how to position infant for sleep
 Yes89 (46.1)124 (64.3)<.001
 No104 (53.9)69 (35.7)
 Total193193
If advised, position told to use
 Side55 (62.5)87 (70.2)= .34
 Supine (“back”)10 (11.4)15 (12.1)
 Prone (“stomach”)23 (26.1)22 (17.7)
 Total88124
If advised, whether followed advice
 Yes84 (95.5)116 (93.5)= .55
 No4 (4.5)8 (6.5)
 Total88124
How decided position to use if never told by doctor/nurse or did not follow the advice*
 Friend/relative19 (17.6)8 (10.4)<.02
 From media2 (1.9)8 (10.4)
 Past experience63 (58.3)34 (44.2)
 Infant’s comfort17 (15.7)21 (27.3)
 Other sources9 (8.3)8 (10.4)
 Total10877
  • * Column totals do not add up to 100% because multiple responses were obtained.