The Question: How accurate is online information on infant sleep position? The Study: A researcher at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, Googled 13 different key phrases such as “infant sleep surface” and “infant sleep position.” The first 100 hits for each phrase were analyzed for the accuracy of their information. The Results: A total of 1,300 websites were reviewed. Nearly 44% contained accurate information, 28% had inaccurate information and 28% didn’t contain relevant information. Search phrases such as “infant cigarette smoking,” “infant sleep position,” and “infant sleep surface” resulted in pages more likely to contain accurate information while phrases such as “pacifier infant,” “infant home monitors,” and “infant co-sleeping” produced sites less likely to have accurate information. Government web sites had the highest accuracy rate while the information in blogs was least likely to contain accurate information. Comment: This study reinforces what we all should know by now: just because you read it on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Read More: The Journal of Pediatrics, 12/12

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