Background: Unsafe infant sleeping position associated with abrupt and unexpected newborn
fatalities, including those caused by sudden infant death syndrome and other sleep-related conditions.
Yet, the knowledge of Ethiopian mothers regarding infant sleep positions is still largely unknown.
Therefore, this study was aimed to assess mothers' knowledge of infant sleeping position and its
associated factors in Jimma town public health institutions in Oromia, South West Ethiopia.
Methodology: An institutional based cross-sectional study was conducted on 409 women in Jimma
town public health facilities. The sample size was calculated using the single population proportion
formula and samples were taken after proportional allocation was performed for the hospital and
health centers using the proportion allocation formula. Data were entered into epi-data version 3.1.1
and exported into Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25.0 for cleaning and further
analysis. Logistic regression analysis was performed to determine the association between the
explanatory and response variables. The strength of association of the dependent and independent
variables was presented as crude and Adjusted Odds Ratio (AOR) at a 95% confidence interval. The
level of significance was declared at a p-value of less than 0.05 in multivariable logistic regression.
Results: The proportion of infant sleeping position knowledge that was good was 45.5% (95% CI
(50.1%-58.9%)), being married (AOR 2.74; 95% CI 1.25-6.04), not having an ANC visit (AOR 0.39;
95% CI (0.15-0.98)), and multigravida (AOR 1.59; 95% CI (1.2-2.49) were significantly associated
with good knowledge of infant sleeping position.
Conclusions: In this study, the proportion of maternal knowledge about infant sleeping position was
very low. Being married, multigravida, and ANC visit were associated with having good knowledge of
infant sleep position. Therefore, health workers should play a key role in disseminating information on
safe sleep positions for mothers
Aynalem Yetwale , Bilen Tigstu1
, Tsegaw Biyazin1
, Belete Fenta1
, Yalemtsehay Dagnaw2
, Abebaw Alamrew4