Thursday, 25 November 2010

SIDS: Texas Infant Sleep Practices

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the third leading cause of death to infants in the United States and Texas. SIDS accounts for approximately 10% of all infant deaths in Texas. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infant sleep practices, such as choice of infant sleep surfaces and sleep position, have been identified as risk factors associated with SIDS. In 2009, the Texas Department of State Health Services conducted a study to collect data on infant sleep practices in Texas. Approximately 51% of women giving birth during this time period were Hispanic, 33% White, 11% Black and 5% were of other racial/ethnic background. Additionally, 6% were younger than 20 years old, 54% were between 20 to 29 years, and almost 40% were 30 years of age and older. Approximately 30% of study participants were college graduates, 64% were married, and 46% of those with a reported annual income, made at least $35,000 or more a year. Of the women who reported their place of birth, 68% were born in the United States. Additionally, 12% of the women lived in a county along the Texas/Mexico border.

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