PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In many homes today both parents need to work to help support the household, and to save money a rising number of couples rely on grandparents to take care of their children.
New reports show that many grandparents are not aware of newer safety guidelines for kids involving sleep safety and carts and walker use.
Dr. Kyran Quinlan with the American Academy of Pediatrics says "there is new knowledge about what is safest for young kids and grandparents who regularly care for kids will need to learn these things to do the best job."
One third of grandparents surveyed said they would place a baby on its stomach, which now is considered risky based on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research.
Also about half of the grandparents surveyed weren't aware that an infant should lay in a crib that doesn't have any bumpers, stuffed animals or blankets.
Nancy Cowles the Executive Director for Kids in Dangers says "One of the first things a grandparent might do when they learn they're about to become a grandparent is think that now's the time to bring down the crib that their child slept in, toys they may have in the attic and we would certainly urge grandparents to stop before they do that. Older model cribs are simply not going to be safe."
Finally grandparents need to stay up on recall lists. Though these changes might not be the easiest to get used to the benefit of keeping your child safe is worth it.
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