In a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers found that parents thought their children were less susceptible to hazards, which suggested that parents thought their children “knew better” or were less-vulnerable than other children or toddlers.
Less than half of the parents of young children were able to identify potential safety hazards for their children. Worse yet, these parents did far better than the daycare workers themselves!
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control says accidents are the leading cause of death for toddlers in the United States. More than 1,300 children aged 1 and 2 years died from unintentional injuries in 2005. Parents can take some steps to better educate themselves about potential hazards in daycare centers. Some of those options include enrolling in CPR courses, subscribing to parenting magazines and staying up-to-date on current health issues concerning their child.