Australia: New Daycare Sleep Rules Allow Childcare Staff to Overrule Parents

October 11, 2017
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To prevent babies from SIDS, Soft toys and side sleeping will be banned from napping time at daycare.

Australia: New Daycare Sleep Rules Allow Childcare Staff to Overrule Parents

From 1 October 2017 childcare staff can overrule parents’ wishes regarding their baby sleep routine if they conflict with safe sleep guidelines.
In Australia, this week, Childcare staff will be told that when it comes to napping, mother (or father) no longer knows best. What this means to parents who are using daycare is that cuddle toys and side sleeping is out of question. Staff can now officially ignore requests to have a child sleeping on his or her side or front. And swaddling is forbidden for babies older than three months or for those who can roll.

Safe sleeping overrules parents’ requests

The new childcare safe sleep rules follow a review into the 2012 death of a Queensland baby while in childcare.

Most parents have already followed the Red Nose safe sleep guidelines, but some still haven’t. Wearing standards uniform at work means that there shall be no argument at all. The new childcare rules aren’t meant to attack the rights of parents, instead make it clear that safe sleeping comes first, no matter what.
From 1 October 2017, The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority plans to make these new rules compulsory. More than 920,000 Australian children in childcare will be clammed down by the national sleep.

“Staffs are required to follow Red Nose guidelines” said ACECQA spokesman Mark Saint. “If a family’s beliefs and requests are in conflict with current evidence-based guidelines, the service will need to decide if it is an exceptional circumstance that allow for alternate practices.”

Sound sleeping guidelines are as follows:

– No more side or front sleeping. The children will sleep on their own accord except if there is a valid medical reason.
– No swaddles or wraps for babies over three months (unless endorsed by a doctor)
– No pillows or toys in the cot

Tragic death of tot leads to childcare sleep guidelines

The new childcare safe sleep rules follow the inquiry of Queensland baby Indiana Rose Hicks. She died from SIDS in 2012 while in a family day care. Her mother had wrapped her by the pillows for her nap. Despite Red Nose guidelines against wrapping older children.

The reason of the new national sleep crackdown is simple. It reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death (SID) Syndrome, even though that means not doing what their parents have requested. The new rules apply to all care such as: long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside schools hours care services in all states and territories, except Western Australia where they will come into effect on 1 October 2018.

Red Nose spokeswoman Yvonne Amos said they welcome the changes and hope that will help childcare providers make them work.
“This change will ensure consistency in child care centers across the country so that every child will be slept according to Red Nose’s safe sleeping guidelines, which have reduced the rate of sudden unexpected death in infancy in Australia by 80 per cent and saved 9,450 lives,” she says.

SIDS is still a major concern for all parents. 113 infants died from sudden death in infancy (SUDI) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in 2015 (According to Red Nose)

The mother was horrified to find numerous…

Viral: Grandma Grabs Baby Bottle But Breast Milk Looks ‘Dark.’ Sees Green Ring at Bottom and Knows

We are nothing without the foundation of family. Being part of a family make people truly rich.

It is the trust in being able to rely on family that can get you out of trouble when you desperately needed help, even without you having to ask for help. An intuitive mother, who had to contend with her daughter’s unspeakable planning, came through as a grandmother and saved the life of her innocent 11-week-old granddaughter.

Nineteen-year-old Sara Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother is a loving family woman from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who has always been welcoming with her family’s needs. Sometime before January 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother allowed her son, his fiancée, and their 11-week-old daughter — her granddaughter — to stay at her place.

After Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother welcomed her son and his extended family into her home, but after a while, she allowed them to stay longer. Rodriguez-Miranda harbored intense resentment against her brother and his family due to their presence, which her mother probably picked up on.

In January 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother, perhaps relying on her very own maternal instincts, sensed that something was very wrong in her home. She went through her daughter’s cell phone and found text messages that shocked her to her core.

Rodriguez-Miranda had sent text messages to her boyfriend detailing their attempts to poison and kill her 11-month-old niece. Her mother, looking through her text messages with her boyfriend, found sinister messages like, “Why didn’t that baby die.”, ”… tbh I hope she dies… I don’t feel bad about it …”

Looking through all of the text messages, the mother came across a cell phone photo of a mortar and pestle that contained the residue of a crushed, white powdery substance. She took screenshot photos of the text messages and pics as evidence and went to her refrigerator.

The breastmilk for the 11-week-old baby was kept in the fridge in two bottles, a tall one and a shorter one. Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother noticed that the milk in the taller bottle had darker color and a circular, greenish-colored tinge at the bottom of it.

On Jan. 12, 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother took the 11-week-old baby to get medically checked out and learned that the baby was healthy. After ensuring the safety of her granddaughter, she turned over her screenshots of her daughter’s texts and photos and the mortar and pestle over to the police.

Toxicology analysis would later find that the mortar and pestle were used to crush nine Excedrin pills, which Rodriguez-Miranda had used to poisoned the breast milk bottle. Such an amount is enough to kill a full-size adult and confirmed Rodriguez-Miranda’s attempt to kill her newborn niece.

After her murder plot was revealed by her mother, Rodriguez-Miranda disappeared and had been a fugitive from police for almost a year. On Sept. 28, 2017, She was found by police in Bay City, Michigan, and charged with attempted murder.

It is a tragic story where a mother and grandmother, in her valiant effort to protect her 11-week-old granddaughter, had to turn in her own daughter. Yet, the grandmother is a hero, who did all she could in the name of family to save her grandchild.

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