24 May Finnish-Style Baby Box Reduced Parent-Baby Bed Sharing
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Megan Heere, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Temple University Hospital Well Baby Nursery
Temple Pediatric Care
Philadelphia, PA 19140
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Bed-sharing, the unsafe practice in which parents sleep in the same bed as their babies, is associated with sleep-related deaths in infants, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. No studies have examined the effect of a Finnish-style baby box on infant sleep environment. Face-to-face postpartum education about safe infant sleep, combined with the distribution of a baby box, which is a cardboard bassinet, reduced the rates of bed-sharing during babies’ first 8 days of life.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: The research team found that:
• Face-to-face sleep education and providing a baby box with a firm mattress and fitted sheet reduced the rate of bed-sharing by 25% in the first eight days of life.
• For exclusively breastfed infants, a population at increased risk of bed-sharing, bed-sharing was reduced by 50%.
• Of the mothers who received the baby box, a majority said they used the box as a sleeping place for their infants.
• Of the mothers who received the baby box, 12% said they used the box as the primary or usual sleeping space for their infants.
• Of the mothers who exclusively breastfed and also used the box as a sleeping space, 59% said the box made breastfeeding easier.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Future studies are needed to determine if the effect of this intervention is sustainable through the first 6 to 12 months of life, and if this intervention can significantly reduce the incidence of sleep-related death in large populations over time.
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