-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that many
grandparent caregivers don't know about newer safety guidelines for
children, such as appropriate sleep position, crib safety and car
The number of grandparents in the United States who are the
primary caregivers to their grandchildren has risen nearly 20
percent since 2000 and is now estimated at 2.8 million, according
to the 2011 American Community Survey.
In this study, 49 grandparent caregivers completed a 15-question
survey designed to assess their knowledge of child care safety
When asked about the best sleep position for a baby, 33 percent
of the participants said on the stomach, 23 percent said on the
side and about 44 percent said on the back. When sleeping, infants
should be placed on their backs to prevent sudden infant death
syndrome, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics
Another question addressed correct car seat positioning, and
24.5 percent of the participants said that a 9-month-old, 22-pound
child should be facing forward. The AAP recommends, however, that
children remain in rear-facing car seats until age 2 years.
Among the other findings:
The study was scheduled for presentation Sunday at the American
Academy of Pediatrics' national conference in New Orleans.
"Pediatric health and safety recommendations are constantly evolving," study author Dr. Kathryn Hines, a University of Alabama at Birmingham physician who sees patients at Children's of Alabama, said in an AAP news release. "Many recommendations are likely to have changed since these grandparent caregivers parented their own children."
Primary study author Dr. Amanda Soong, also of UAB, added:
"Discussion of health and safety recommendations is an essential
part of routine child care, and pediatricians must recognize
knowledge deficits that may exist in grandparent caregivers and be
comfortable addressing these deficits."
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the
ABCs of raising safe and healthy children.
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