- •Guidelines regarding infant physical activity, screen time and sleep were released by the World Health Organisation in 2019.
- •Guidelines are only effective if the relevant stakeholders are aware of and implement the recommendation.
- •Participants had a sound knowledge of the guidelines and provided consistent advice.
- •Specific advice and recommendations about screen time were lacking.
- •Professional development to translate the guidelines into clinical and educational practises would be beneficial.
Global guidelines regarding infant physical activity, screen time and sleep were released by the World Health Organisation in 2019. Clinician and Early Childhood Educator's knowledge and advice given to parents regarding this content is unknown. The aims of this study were to determine the advice given to parents regarding infant care. This will enable a baseline from which future interventions and multidisciplinary professional development can be compared and reviewed.
80 Clinicians (Medical, Nursing, Allied Health) and Early Childhood Educators from a local health district in NSW Australia completed an online survey. Medical records (N = 272) were also reviewed to determine if the documentation included advice in accordance with guidelines.
Staff were aware that infant guidelines contributes to positive health outcomes (all >85%). Nursing entered the most information into the medical record with >80% of files containing general advice about infant physical activity and sleep. Only 30% of entries contained evidence of guideline specific information. Minimal entries from all clinicians contained information about screen time (2%).
The majority of clinicians and Early Childhood Educators were aware of the content of the guidelines and the advice they report to provide is consistent. Medical record documentation regarding the specificity of advice provided is lacking.
Application to practice
This study provides a baseline from which professional development interventions aimed at increasing compliance to infant guidelines can be compared.
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Published online: June 24, 2022
Accepted: June 17, 2022
Received in revised form: May 19, 2022
Received: November 8, 2021
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