Due to Age, most Grandparents do not have the Basics Down
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/13/2012 -- Recent research has shown that grandparents are misinformed when it comes to caring for children. Studies show that the old data and tips given to them when they were raising their children may actually be harmful to children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that grandparents may be putting children at risk without even realizing it after they carried out a study of almost 50 grandparents living in the Birmingham, Alabama metro area.
“Pediatricians need to be aware, and they need to make sure they are going over the most recent safety recommendations with grandparents,” said lead researcher Dr. Amanda Soong.
For example, the position in which a baby sleeps is crucial for health, and a lot of the things the older generation was taught about the subject are now being proved wrong. A survey that asked participants to choose the best way for a baby to sleep rendered these results: 33% chose stomach, 23% chose side, and 44% chose back.
Due to the amount of death being seen from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the American Academy of Pediatrics began suggesting in 1992 that babies sleep on their backs. Since then the number of deaths has been cut in half.
The next survey showed that when grandparents were asked what items were best placed in a crib for a baby’s safety, only 27% answered with the correct, and safest way to dress a crib (just a mattress with a sheet).
Another survey showed that nearly half of the participants were unsure at what age to start giving a baby water; the correct answer being not within six months of birth.
The next question asked to participants of the study yielded that 25% of grandparents were mistaken when answering the question of which way an infant should be facing in a car seat. The AAP guidelines suggest that before a child reaches two years of age, it should be facing the back of the car in the car seat. After that, they may face forward. The guidelines also state that children need to sit in a booster until they grow to four-foot nine-inches tall.
The study of 49 participants, while small, indicates the overall lack of knowledge when it comes to child safety. While old data may say one thing, new data suggests that the old data could lead to health risks for children in today’s world. Grandparents need to be better educated and Dr. Soong says that the best way to spread the information is through pediatricians who have direct access to both children and their parents or grandparents.
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