Minnesota health officials are hoping that a new set of recommendations could help prevent child deaths at in-home daycares. The state Department of Human Services is calling for more training of home daycare providers and better compliance with safe-sleeping requirements. The number of deaths in licensed in-home daycares has nearly doubled over the past five years, to almost one per month. A recent investigation found that 82 of the 85 licensed child care deaths in the state since 2002 happened in home daycares.
The state’s child-mortality review panel now recommends that daycare providers get more frequent training on safe-sleeping arrangements for infants. The panel also recommends enhanced CPR training. More recommendations are expected when the panel releases its report next month.