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Parents are more opt to replicate the practices that they see being practiced in the hospital setting. Modeling the correct practices is the most important aspect of your job.
Research has shown that one of the main reasons for parents not wanting to place infants on their backs for sleep is because of the fear of infant choking. Parents/caregivers incorrectly believe that an infant on its back is at greater risk of aspiration. Please feel free to download the image below to use when counseling parents, use it to explain points, using terminology that you can tailor as needed for parents:
Safe sleep positioning to reduce the likelihood of choking - PDF
New online curriculum for nurses: Nurses who successfully complete the CE activity will earn 1.1 contact hours.
Resources for creating an infant safe sleep policy or standards. The resources below can assist your hospital in developing a safe sleep policy, as well as educating parents and other care givers.