Dr. Howaida Moawad Ahmed Ali
Background: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. Aim of the study: Evaluate the risk factors related to mothers, infant, home, sleep environment, preventing practice. Implement the promoting program regarding strategies to prevent SIDS. Examine the efficiency of the promoting program on mother's knowledge and practice towards SIDS. Estimate the association between mother's knowledge related risk factor and preventing practice with their socio-demographic characteristics. Tool I: Part 1: Socio-demographic data for mothers and their infant. Part2: pre/post questionnaire for evaluation home and sleep environment and their risk factors related infant and their mothers. Tool II: Interviewing pre/post questionnaire for preventing practice include knowledge and practice to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. Results: more than two third of the mothers were less than thirty years and had university education. While 55% of father infant was smoker and with boys' gender at the age from 3 to 6 months. The of the mothers improved their knowledge post program specifically in the elements of avoid co-bedding for twins, overheating, prenatal care, avoid smoking and prone and side infant position. The majority of the mothers were had adequate knowledge post program related to risk factor and preventing practice of SIDS compared to pre-program. There was highly statistically significant difference at P=0.01. Conclusion: Henceforth, with working of this study, we can promotion of SIDS and controlling these risk factors through enriching level of mother's alertness by education is essential. Recommendation: Parents essential to recognize the recent finest practices to decrease the incidence of sleep-related SIDS and highpoints advices to aid parents confirm safe sleep surroundings for infants. Keywords: Mothers, Sudden infant death syndrome, Promoting program.