Grandparent caregivers not up to date on child safety guidelines: survey

New Orleans – Grandparent caregivers may not know the most current safety guidelines for young children, according to research presented Oct. 21 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

Researchers surveyed 49 grandparents who provide care for their grandchildren. Among the preliminary results:

  • Nearly half thought it was “OK” to have bumpers, stuffed animals or blankets in a child's crib, which is against AAP recommendations.
  • Nearly three-fourths said a walker is a “good” way to help babies learn to walk – also contrary to AAP recommendations.
  • Nearly one-fourth stated that a 9-month-old, 22-pound child should face forward in a car seat. AAP recommends children remain in rear-facing seats until at least 2 years of age.
  • About 44 percent reported that babies should sleep on their back, which matches AAP’s recommendation for reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

The study results should be considered preliminary until the study is published in a peer-reviewed journal, an AAP press release stated.

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