Bi-ethnic infant thermal care beliefs in Bradford, UK

CRONIN DE CHAVEZ, Anna, BALL, Helen and WARD-PLATT, Martin (2015). Bi-ethnic infant thermal care beliefs in Bradford, UK. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. (In Press)

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Objective : Overheating is considered a modifiable risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This study explored differences in infant thermal care beliefs between mothers of South Asian and white British origin in Bradford, UK.. Design : This study employed face-to-face interviews with semi-structured and structured questions with 51 white British and 51 South Asian mothers in the Bradford District, UK Results : White British mothers were more concerned about overheating causing SIDS whereas South Asian mothers were more concerned about cold causing respiratory infections. However concerns around hypothermia and chills causing colds were expressed in both groups. White British mothers were significantly more likely to be concerned about their infant getting too hot than too cold and South Asian mothers about both heat and cold (p=<0.001), but white British mothers on lower incomes and with poorer education expressed concern about cold more so than their better off, better educated peers indicating a possible link to fuel poverty. Research limitations : It was not possible to observe actual night-time practices and that South Asian as a cultural category is limited because could be regarded as too broad. Practical and social implications : Whilst there guidance available to prevent infants overheating to prevent SIDS there is little or none about infants getting cold and how temperature affects other conditions. Thermal care behaviours and beliefs differ between ethnic groups. SIDS and overheating is only one concern for mothers in providing thermal care for their infants. More policy and research is needed to explore the wider impact of thermal care on infant health and survival. Originality and value : Bi-ethnic infant thermal care beliefs in Bradford, UK 3 This topic is rarely addressed despite the wide ranging implications of heat and cold to infant wellbeing. Keywords : Thermal care, infants, sudden infant death syndrome, South Asian, White British, SIDS, humoral, overheating, cold

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Depositing User: Anna Cronin De Chavez
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 14:49
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:49

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