As a pediatrician who spends most of his or her time giving advice to parents with young children, I often wonder how much of what I tell parents really has an effect on their behavior? I try so hard to be up to date on the information and advice that I offer and yet, does it really matter? Does it really change their thinking and behavior? Pediatricians see, all the time, when parents don’t listen to what we advice, be it injuries from a backyard trampoline, use of cold and cough meds in young children, or feeding their children a diet high in highly processed foods.
Given all that, it was with great interest that I recently came across a study that looked at whether parents listen to the advice that we give them about “Safe Sleep” practices for very young infants. Continue reading