Table 2

Characteristics of study respondents

CharacteristicNumber (%) totalHigher risk for SIDS (%)Lower risk for SIDS (%)
Age 25 or under114/400 (28.5)33/48 (68.8)81/352 (23.0)
Three or more children86/400 (21.5)26/48 (54.2)60/352 (17.0)
Mother smokes66/400 (16.5)40/48 (83.4)27/352 (7.7)
Lives in a deprived area*238/400 (59.5)47/48 (97.9)192/352 (54.5)
Feel worried about SIDS209/400 (52.3)22/48 (45.8)187/352 (53.1)
Currently breast feeding137/400 (34.3)6/48 (12.5)131/352 (37.2)
Recall a discussion about SIDS with health professional373/400 (93.3)43/48 (89.6)330/352 (93.8)
Found above discussion useful314/373 (84.2)37/43 (86.0)277/330 (84.0)
Median infant age (IQR)13 weeks (8–18 weeks)14 (14–19)13 (8–18)
Median maternal age (IQR)28 (25–32)24 (21–27)29 (26–32)
Low birth weight (<2.5 kg)18/400 (4.5)3/48 (6.3)15/352 (4.3)
Under 37 weeks’ gestation31/400 (7.8)6/48 (12.5)25/352 (7.1)
  • *Determined using full postcode to ascertain the index of multiple deprivation score—’deprived' defined as within the most deprived score for 25% of English wards.

  • SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome.