Conversations with families about reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

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Inequalities in the burden of sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy make targeted action by health professionals a viable option for intervention. Most of the deaths that now occur have at least one known modifiable risk factor present, so the potential impact of supporting families with implementing safer sleep strategies is great and may bring about a further reduction in infant deaths. This article describes the latest evidence for action on three of the major risk factors for SIDS: sleeping position; smoking; and co-sleeping. It will go on to discuss how to translate this evidence into effective communication strategies for families, including giving information about why or how the messages increase safety for sleeping babies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-231
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Health Visiting
Issue number5
Early online date14 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • SIDS
  • Health Promotion


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