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Baby Business

  • Up to 20% of Australian parents report a problem with their infant's sleep or crying in the first three months of life. These problems can result in a myriad of adverse outcomes for families if left untreated and sleep/cry problems in infancy are costly. The Baby Business intervention involves teaching parents about normal sleep/cry behaviours and how to best manage infant sleep and crying.

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    Aims

    This trial aims to determine the impact of the Baby Business program, at infant age 4 and 6 months, on:

    1. parent report of infant sleep and crying
    2. parental depression symptoms
    3. health service use for infant sleep/cry problems (and hence costs associated with this use).

    Method

    Randomised controlled trial comparing the Baby Business program to usual care.

    Timing

    Feb 2010 - July 2012.

    Funding

    • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
    • Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust

    Location

    Baby Business took place in the local government areas of Brimbank, Wyndham and Yarra (Victoria).

    Methodology

    Randomised controlled trial

    Date

    February 2010 - July 2012

    Funding

    • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
    • Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust

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Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.