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Sleep Behaviors of Infants and Young Children: Associated Demographic and Acculturation Characteristics Among Hispanic Teen Mothers

Duzinski, Sarah V. MPH; Yuma-Guerrero, Paula J. MPH; Fung, Adrienne BS; Brown, Juliette M. MHS; Wheeler, Tareka BA; Barczyk, Amanda N. PhD, MSW; Lawson, Karla A. PhD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000011

Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed is a leading cause of preventable infant death. Bed sharing, teen motherhood, and Hispanic ethnicity have been associated with infant sleep suffocation death. Fifty-five Hispanic teen mothers were surveyed regarding acculturation/demographic characteristics and their infants' sleep behaviors. Most participants had 2 foreign-born parents from Latin America. Participants with 2 US-born parents were less likely to bed share than their less-acculturated peers. Many participants reported not always placing their infant in a supine sleep position. There is a significant need to reach out to Hispanic teen mothers, particularly from newer immigrant families, with culturally and linguistically appropriate multigenerational clinical messaging on the risks of infant bed sharing and nonsupine sleep positioning.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Trauma Services, Austin (Mss Duzinski and Brown and Drs Barczyk and Lawson); University of Texas School of Social Work, Austin (Ms Yuma-Guerrero); University of Texas School of Public Health–Austin Campus (Ms Fung); and SafeKids Worldwide, Washington, DC (Ms Wheeler).

Correspondence: Sarah V. Duzinski, MPH, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Trauma Services, 4900 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Copyright © 2013 by the Society of Trauma Nurses.