How does our childcare safety regulations compare to other states?

Written by: Dev Gowda

Most states have recently worked to change the rules on background checks for childcare workers or immunization requirements for childcare centers, but what about child product safety rules? Do you know if Illinois allows childcare facilities to use dangerous products? What about other states?

 

Recalled children’s products
The danger: According to a Kids In Danger (KID) report, from 2005-2014 recalled children’s products caused at least 2,464 injuries and 57 deaths. There are more than enough sad stories of children who lost their lives to a recalled product in their child care. With a simple rule change, many states have sought to make sure your children are safe.

Where does Illinois stand? Recalled products are banned for use in childcare facilities.
Other states that ban recalled products: Louisiana, New Jersey and Texas
Some states that allow them: Delaware, Georgia, Indiana and Nevada

Walkers 
The danger: There is hardly a risk that walkers don’t pose to infants. It allows infants to get into things they normally can’t reach—countertops and stairs are dangerously tempting for youngsters in walkers—which leads to poison, fall and impact hazards. Then there are the development delays—babies who use walkers can take longer to learn to walk and stand on their own.

Where does Illinois stand? Walkers are banned for use in childcare facilities.
Other states that ban walkers: Alaska, Arizona, Iowa and Rhode Island
Some states that allow them: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware and Florida

Crib bumper pads
The danger: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that everyone remove crib bumpers from their children’s cribs. Bumpers pose a suffocation, strangulation and fall hazard and have been linked to dozens of infant deaths. Some states have taken this warning to heart and set down rules to protect your children.

Where does Illinois stand? Crib bumper pads are banned for use in childcare facilities. In fact, bumper pads are illegal to buy or sell in Chicago.
Other states that ban crib bumper pads:
Alabama, Connecticut, Montana and Wisconsin
Some states that allow them: Florida, Iowa, New York and South Dakota
 
As you can see, every state handles child care product safety a little differently and fortunately, Illinois has taken proactive steps to ban dangerous and recalled products in Illinois childcare facilities. If you have any concerns about these rules or if you have something to add about Illinois's childcare product safety, feel free to comment on this post or visit KidsInDanger.org to learn more.

 

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM