European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 146, Issue 2, pp 159–161 | Cite as

Impact of home monitoring for sudden infant death syndrome on family life

A controlled study
  • C. Desmarez
  • D. Blum
  • L. Montauk
  • A. Kahn
Original Investigations


As home monitoring has been advocated for the prevention of sudden infant death (SIDS) we investigated the influence of such a monitoring programme on family life. Twenty European middle and lower-class families with a child monitored at home after a near miss for SIDS event were investigated. Some psychological and social findings were compared with a group of 20 matched control families. It appears that home monitoring induces severe stress, mainly in the mothers. Fathers and siblings also manifested significant emotional stress. Poor schooling of the parents and previous marital discord seem to be predictors of bad adaptation to home monitoring.

Key words

Home monitoring SIDS Stress Near miss for SIDS 



sudden infant death syndrome


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© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Desmarez
    • 1
  • D. Blum
    • 2
  • L. Montauk
    • 2
  • A. Kahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychiatric DepartmentFree University of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Pediatric Sleep UnitFree University of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

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