Doctors Are Now Warning All Parents Not To Leave Children Alone With Their Grandparents


The rules of parenting keep changing. Here are a few examples. For a while, you were supposed to let babies sleep on their sides. Now scientists say that’s bad. They should sleep on their backs or risk dying in their sleep at night. Babies were once tucked in at night with a blanket. Now scientists don’t want parents using blankets or leaving anything loose in the crib as it can increase the chance a baby dies.

And as things keep changing in the realm of “parenting,” the way things are done today is worlds apart from how it was done when grandparents were raising their kids. Because of this knowledge gap, experts no longer advise parents to leave their babies with grandparents because their parenting methods are outdated and risky.

Research indicates that grandparents still do things with babies that increase their risk of death. As mentioned in the intro, this includes putting infants to sleep on their sides, keeping loose objects in the crib with the sleeping baby, and plunging babies with fevers in ice baths.

And now that more grandparents are helping with childcare, the research can be worrisome. Grandparents assume their methods are safe because they used them to raise their kids and their kids didn’t die in the crib.

“We shouldn’t assume that just because they’ve raised a child before, they’re experts,” said study author Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York.

About one in four grandparents, from those who were surveyed, didn’t know that babies are supposed to sleep on their backs. If babies sleep on their stomachs or their sides, the risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS increases dramatically. The threat affects babies from one month to one year old.

It is crucial that grandparents and parents alike are educated on the best ways to raise children. If research can help increase the chances that the baby lives, you’d think more people would want to follow that.

Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician, believes parents need to be tested too.

“I’d love to see this study redone and given to the parents. I think people would be surprised,” she told CNN.


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