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Indiana Child Care Ordered Closed After Baby's Death

It wasn't the marijuana smoking employees, the unattended slumbering children or space heaters and bleach left within their reach that resulted in Stacey Cox's unlicensed child care being shut down.

It was caring for more than five unrelated children without a license, a violation of Indiana state law, and the death of a five-month-old.
 
The baby was found not breathing in a broken collapsible crib.

Two Pediatrician Moms Update SIDS and Car Seat Advice in New Book

In the newest edition of Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, written by two pediatrician-moms, authors Dr. Laura Jana and Dr. Jennifer Shu express surprise at how much child-rearing has evolved in the five years since their book was initially published.

In the new edition of their book Dr. Jana, an Omaha pediatrician and mother of three who co-founded the Dr. Spock Company, and Dr. Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta pediatrician, mother and editor of the American Academy of Pediatric's (AAP) HealthyChildren.org web site, discuss the following updated safety recommendations.

A few years a babies were supposed to remain rear-facing until they turned 1 and reached 20 pounds. Most parents and care givers celebrated baby's first birthday by turning the car seat around. Now, that 1-year, 20-pound guideline is a bare minimum. Instead, parents are advised to keep babies rear-facing as long as possible, and many car seat manufacturers have adjusted their seats to make that possible.

Four Things To Know About Crib Safety

After the recall of more than 11 million cribs in the past five years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted in tough new safety standards for all cribs manufactured and/or sold in the UNited States. Child care facilities, daycare centers, hotels, crib rental agencies and more will have to purchase new cribs that meet tougher standards by December 2012

Before you rush out to replace your existing cribs, be certain that the crib you're buying meets the new standards. Most retailers do not have cribs in inventory that meet the new standards.

Below are four items to be aware of regarding the new cribs and crib safety in general.

Childcare Centers, MRSA and Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Flesh-eating bacteria and the antibiotic resistant staph infection MRSA have both been making the news the past few years.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA, often pronounced mersa) is a common bacteria found on everybody's skin and throughout the environment.

Your skin provides protection against infection, but if the skin is broken there is the risk of the bacteria entering the body and a serious infection developing.

MRSA should not be confused with flesh-eating bacteria (Necrotizing fasciitis). The difference between MRSA and other staph infections is it is more difficult to treat, not that it is faster spreading.

Necrotizing fasciitis develops and progresses quickly and is usually treated immediately with high doses of intravenous antibiotics.

Because MRSA is more difficult to treat prevention is crucial.

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