Websites Provide Inaccurate Information About Infant Sleep SafetyRebekah Kuschmider
Want to know about what’s safe for your baby when it comes to sleep? The internet may not be the best tool for research.
According to a new study, fewer than half of websites with information on infant sleep are providing accurate information to parents:
Fewer than half of websites (43.5%) that offered accurate facts about infant sleep safety were also consistent with American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, Rachel Moon, MD, of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The findings were based on inputting series of search queries such as “infant sleep surface” or “infant sleep position” and gauging the accuracy of the information they turned up. It turns out that government websites have the highest percentage of accurate information (80%) whereas blogs and retail sites have the lowest (27% and 8.5%, respectively).
This dearth of accurate information is troubling since 72% of people think the information they find online is reliable.
Your best bet for anything pertaining to your baby’s health and well being is to ask your pediatrician rather than relying on the internet. Calling the doctor’s office is never a mistake, no matter how basic your question might seem!
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