Changes in parental risk behaviour after an information campaign against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in Norway
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 93, Issue 2, pages 250–254, February 2004
How to Cite
Hill, S., Hjelmeland, B., Johannessen, N., Irgens, L. and Skjærven, R. (2004), Changes in parental risk behaviour after an information campaign against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in Norway. Acta Paediatrica, 93: 250–254. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2004.tb00715.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received Sept. 27, 2002; revisions received Feb. 3, 2003 and Sept. 18, 2003; accepted Oct. 6, 2003
- information campaign;
- maternal smoking;
- prone sleeping;
- sudden infant death syndrome
Aim: To assess parental risk behaviour before and after a sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) information campaign with special emphasis on associations with maternal age, education, marital status and birth order. Methods: Data from questionnaires sent to all mothers who gave birth in Norway during a period before the campaign were compared with corresponding data obtained after the campaign. Results: Prevalence of non-supine sleeping position decreased from 33.7% to 13.6% while changes in smoking, non-breastfeeding and co-sleeping were disappointing. Risk factors were particularly prevalent in young mothers, but also in mothers with a minimum period of education, non-cohabitation and at birth order 2+.
Conclusions: Non-supine sleeping decreased to a level that has never been reported before. In future campaigns, subgroup-specific measures may be needed.