Table 1

Data on parental awareness and infant care practices of mothers in two different socioeconomic areas; results are number (%) except for social class

Deprived areaAffluent areaχ2test
Mothers81 (55)67 (45)
Social class 3-5 (%)9130
Mothers’ awareness
 Cot death awareness76 (94)66 (98)NS
 Sleeping position: back/side70 (86)62 (92)NS
 No smoking57 (73)48 (72)NS
 Avoiding overheating69 (85)50 (75)NS
 Summoning medical help6 (7)2 (3)NS
Mothers’ practice
 Sleeping position
  Back18 (22)33 (49)p < 0.003
  Side42 (52)20 (30)p < 0.02
  Back or side21 (26)14 (21)NS
 Sleeping with parents
  In parents’ room80 (99)60 (90)NS
  In parents’ bed10 (12)10 (15)NS
 Smoking
  During pregnancy34 (42)10 (15)p < 0.002
  At home42 (52)13 (19)p < 0.001
 Overheating
  > 3 blankets/duvets/quilts used13 (16)9 (13)NS
  Room heating comfortable71 (88)57 (85)NS
  Knows room temperature30 (37)23 (34)NS
 Summoning medical help65 (80)57 (85)NS
 Breast feeding30 (37)40 (60)p < 0.02