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Sleeping, Napping, and SIDS Related Deaths in Missouri

By Joseph R. Hillebrand Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Missouri and other States, children are at risk in day care centers during sleep time or nap time. Many day care administrators and care givers do not get the proper training or lack the proper knowledge as to the risk to infants and young children during nap time. It has been reported that from the years 2007 – 2010, at least forty five children died in child care from causes other than existing illness or medical problem. Of these deaths, thirty five occurred while the baby / infant was napping or sleeping at the day care center. Medical experts and pediatricians point out the risks to children who are placed on their abdomen / stomach to sleep. There is also dangers of suffocation from bedding and pillows. Furthermore, some cribs are unsafe for babies and toddlers. All the proper safety techniques in the world cannot replace the role of the day care provider to properly supervise and monitor children during nap time or sleep time.

Some argue that Missouri has weak day care regulations and that there is a problem with unlicensed day care centers. You can read more about these issues at Day Care Related Deaths – Investigation Reveals Problems with Supervision and Monitoring of Child in Day Care Centers.

When a child suffers an injury at a day care center, there are many questions and issues for a parent to deal with. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Injuries, Damages / Compensation, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, and other topics.