Charlotte Wright, Hannah Beard, Jennifer Cox, Paula Scott, Joyce Miller
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 2, Iss. 9, 17 Sep 2014, pp 500 - 504
The objective of this study was to investigate the sleeping position of infants attending an outpatient clinic, considering the influences of the Back to Sleep (BTS) campaign. A paper survey was given to 678 parents who presented their infant (under 1 year of age) to the paediatric chiropractic clinic for care, asking their infant's sleep position. Of the total survey sample, 50% of parents selected the supine position as the preferred position they placed the baby to sleep, 19% selected prone, 34% placed the baby on their side and 2% selected 'other'. Some parents selected more than one preferred sleeping position. The initial decline of parents using non-supine positioning, seen shortly after the implementation of the BTS campaign, is no longer evident. Recent research implies approximately half of infants are now placed in a non-compliant sleeping position. If an infant's preferred sleeping position is not that of current guidelines, manual therapy such as chiropractic care should be sought to help infants sleep supine with comfort.