Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Opportunity 2: Educate a child care provider

It's estimated that more than 8 million children under age 5 are in child care for all or part of the week, and the AAP reminds us that children age 5 and younger are vulnerable to SBS and inflicted injuries.

Ask your child care provider if she or he is aware of the danger of shaking a young child (not just babies and infants).

Ask if they received training on coping skills for infants and toddlers.

Ask them what their coping plan is to deal with moments of frustration.

Ask who they will call in those moments: you, or a trusted friend, to vent that frustration.

Give them permission to call you in those moments. Let them know you think that would be the hallmark of a responsible child care provider.

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