Special Issue "Infant Care Practices and Reducing Infant Mortality: Innovative Strategies and Future Perspectives"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022 | Viewed by 8733
Interests: infant care practices; safe sleeping health promotion; strategies to reduce infant mortality and sudden unexpected death in infancy; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; social vulnerability and infant care; maternal, paediatrics and child health; neonatal care; stillbirth
Interests: paediatric epidemiology; sudden unexpected death in infancy; small of gestational age infants; longitudinal studies; stillbirths
Public health campaigns that have promoted infant care practices, including supine sleep, not smoking, and safe sleep environments, have succeeded in dramatically reducing sudden and unexpected infant deaths since the early 1990s. Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents, remains a major contributor to preventable infant mortality in most developed nations. However, in many countries, declines in infant mortality have slowed and plateaued, with most tragedies occurring in families experiencing complex and multiple social vulnerabilities.
Health professionals in both acute and community settings play a pivotal role in ensuring that new parents are provided with safe sleep health promotion information, ideally in a non-judgemental manner relevant to their specific circumstances. However, a recently identified priority is that future research should involve multidisciplinary approaches to investigate innovative approaches, and to develop a deeper understanding of sustainable strategies in order to improve the safety of infant sleep for families experiencing social vulnerabilities.
We welcome papers that address infant care practices and their relationship with risk factors for infant mortality, including measures of community awareness and caregiver uptake of safe sleep recommendations, and the identification of infant care practices that are the most difficult to understand and implement. In particular, this Special Issue seeks to highlight innovative multidisciplinary approaches to reduce infant death that acknowledge a socioecological lens to capture and address the complex and multifactorial nature of disadvantage experienced by many families who suffer from a sudden and unexpected infant death.
We look forward to receiving your contribution to a Special Issue that promotes this “sociological” turn and collaborative approach, which identifies priorities for sudden infant death research.
Prof. Jeanine Young
Dr. John M.D. Thompson
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- infant care practices
- sudden unexpected death in infancy
- sudden infant death syndrome
- safe sleep campaigns
- infant mortality prevention
- health promotion
- social and cultural determinants
- priority populations
- socioecological approaches to family support