The prevalence and characteristics associated with mother-infant bed-sharing in Klang district, Malaysia

Tan, K.L.; Ghani, S.N.; Moy, F.M. (2009) The prevalence and characteristics associated with mother-infant bed-sharing in Klang district, Malaysia. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 64 (4). pp. 311-315. ISSN 0300-5283

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    This was a cross-sectional study to determine the prevalence and characteristics of mother-infant bed-sharing practice in Klang district, Malaysia. Data was collected by face-to-face interview using a structured questionnaire for a four month period in 2006. A total of 682 mother-infant pairs attending government health clinics were included in the study. Data regarding socio-demographic characteristics of the mothers, information on the infants, bed-sharing and breastfeeding practices were collected. The mean maternal age was 28.4 ± 5.1 years while the mean infant gestational age was 38.8 ± 1.8 weeks. The study showed the prevalence of bed-sharing was 73.5 (95 CI: 70.0, 76.7). In multivariate analysis; area of interview, maternal occupation, family income, breastfeeding and infant birth weight were associated with bed-sharing after adjusted for maternal ethnicity, age, marital status, educational level, parity, infant gender and infant gestational age. In conclusion, bed-sharing is a common practice in Klang district, Malaysia, not specific to ethnicity, but strongly associated with low family income and breastfeeding.

    Item Type: Article
    1. Tan, K.L.
    2. Ghani, S.N.
    3. Moy, F.M.(Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    Journal or Publication Title: Medical Journal of Malaysia
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bed-sharing, Maternal factors, Infant factors, Breastfeeding, Malaysia
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 11:22
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 11:22

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