Is grandparents' old-school parenting putting kids at risk?

Story highlights

  • Nearly a quarter of grandparents didn't know infants should sleep on their backs, says study
  • 68% did not know that cuts and scrapes should be bandaged

(CNN)Grandparents who step in for child care tend to use the same practices they did when they were parenting, but some of them may be outdated, putting their grandchildren at risk, according to a new study.

Research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academics Societies meeting on Thursday surveyed grandparents on child care techniques such as putting children on their backs to sleep, having loose bedding in a crib and using ice baths to lower a high fever.
    As more grandparents are taking on child care roles, according to the US Census Bureau, many may feel that since they raised their own children to adulthood, their methods are safe. Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York and lead author of the study, says that is not always the case.