An intervention to discourage Australian mothers from unnecessarily exposing their babies to the sun for therapeutic reasons

Harrison, Simone, Nowak, Madeleine, Devine, Susan, Saunders, Vicki, Smith, Annika, & Buettner, Petra (2013) An intervention to discourage Australian mothers from unnecessarily exposing their babies to the sun for therapeutic reasons. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 59(5), pp. 403-406.

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Parents play a key role in children’s sun-protective behaviour, with good sun-protective habits established early tending to be sustained. We designed a maternity hospital-based educational intervention to reduce myths that could result in mothers intentionally sunning their babies. Interviews were conducted with two cross-sections of healthy post-partum inpatients in the maternity ward of a large regional public hospital. The first group (n¼106) was recruited before the commencement of educational in-services for maternity nursing staff; the second group (n¼203) was interviewed after the last staff in-service session. More pre-intervention than post-intervention women reported they would expose their baby to sunlight to: treat suspected jaundice (28.8% vs. 13.3%; p<0.001) or help their baby’s skin adapt to sunlight (10.5% vs. 2.5%; p¼0.003). Fewer post-intervention women indicated they would sun themselves to treat breastfeeding-associated sore/cracked nipples (7.6% vs. 2%; p¼0.026). This educational intervention should be used to educate parents, health professionals and students

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ID Code: 72093
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Infants, perceived therapeutic benefits, sun exposure, neonatal jaundice, nappy rash, post-partum women
DOI: 10.1093/tropej/fmt042
ISSN: 1465-3664
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 26 May 2014 01:59
Last Modified: 26 May 2014 22:27

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