Parents need to check that their day care providers – whether in-home or in a center—are putting their babies back-to-sleep as recommended by the government.
The Star Tribune out of Minnesota has found a dramatic increase in infant deaths while at in-home day care in Minnesota from being put to sleep in incorrect positions – generally on their tummies.
“A Star Tribune examination of hundreds of public records shows that the number of children dying in child care has nearly doubled in the past five years — reaching the rate of one per month. Nearly all the deaths have occurred at in-home providers (also known as family care), and most involved a child sleeping. The newspaper’s investigation also found more unsafe-sleep citations, such as lack of training or children in unsafe sleep positions, at in-home settings than at large child-care centers.”
“The Department of Human Services (DHS), the state’s top child-care regulator, is treating the rise in deaths as a public health crisis.”
” ‘It’s huge,” said DHS Inspector General Jerry Kerber. ‘It makes it clear that something has got to be done. What that something is, I think, is going to take the work. … It’s completely unacceptable.’ “
So while this study is looking at Minnesota, it’s a good reminder for parents across the United States to ask and make sure their babies are being put to sleep on their backs and that the care providers are following all the best practices recommended by their state, such as checking the sleeping baby every 15 minutes.
Do you know how your childcare provider is putting your baby to sleep? Have you asked? Will you ask now? How often are they checking on a sleeping baby? Do you think you get better care in a home or larger center setting?