Australian Bureau of Statistics
Infant Sleeping Positions (Survey of)
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The survey collected information about the sleeping positions of infants aged less than 2 years ie position placed in to sleep, position infant usually changes to and when usually changes position.
Medical research had indicated that the sleeping position of infants may be a factor effecting the risk of deaths due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The research suggested that infants who sleep on their stomach (prone) had a higher risk of SIDS death than infants who sleep in other positions. The Survey of Infant Sleeping Positions was conducted to identify the patterns of sleeping positions and to enable the targeting of relevant education programs for parents and carers.
Information was obtained from occupants of selected dwellings (except those comprising members of defence forces, certain diplomatic personnel (customarily excluded from Census and population estimates), overseas visitors holidaying in Australia, members of non-Australian defence forces stationed in Australia and visitors to private dwellings) where there was one or more children aged less than 2 years.
Data was collected in respect of all infants in sample (in on scope and coverage) who were aged less than 2 years at the time of the survey.
Estimates of infants by sleeping positions (as reported) cross classified by characteristics of infant.
Other concepts (summary)
Characteristics of family/household and geographic characteristics (such as the sample permits).
Comments and/or Other Regions
There is a requirement to mount a follow-up survey to assess the current situation and effects of public education/awareness programs.
This survey was the first time this collection had been conducted.
Data availability comments
Survey of infant sleeping positions, Australia, July 1992 (ABS Cat. No. 4386.0)
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