Disclaimer: This statement and recommendations are not necessarily endorsed by all the participants, nor are the opinions necessarily those of the authors. The authors have attempted to capture the evidence presented, the discussions and recommendations.
Scientific consensus forum to review the evidence underpinning the recommendations of the Australian SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Health Promotion Programme – October 2010
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2011 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 48, Issue 8, pages 626–633, August 2012
How to Cite
Mitchell, E. A., Freemantle, J., Young, J. and Byard, R. W. (2012), Scientific consensus forum to review the evidence underpinning the recommendations of the Australian SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Health Promotion Programme – October 2010. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48: 626–633. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02215.x
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2011
- Accepted for publication 3 August 2011.
- bed sharing;
- infant care practices;
- sleep position;
- sudden infant death
This paper summarises a 1-day scientific consensus forum that reviewed the evidence underpinning the Australian SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Health Promotion Programme. The focus was on each of the potentially modifiable risk factors for sudden unexpected deaths in infancy, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents. In particular infant sleeping position, covering of the face, exposure to cigarette smoke, room sharing, unsafe sleeping environments, bed sharing, immunisation, breastfeeding, pacifier use and Indigenous issues were discussed in depth. The participants recommended that future ‘Reducing the Risk’ campaign messages should focus on back to sleep, face uncovered, avoidance of cigarette smoke before and after birth, safe sleeping environment, room sharing and sleeping baby in own cot.