I work full-time, and my son is in daycare. Of course I chose the daycare very carefully, but still I worry about someone harming him. What do you do to make sure your kids are safe?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: It is always hard to leave your baby in the care of someone else. You have to go with what you feel is best for your baby and what you can accept as a parent. When we had our boys, we were not finanically able to have an opere or nanny. We liked daycares because we felt like there was a system of checks and balances with other teachers and a daycare director present. But, if parents want to go with in-home help to take care of a baby it is important to do a thorough evaluation and background check. I when you see your baby at the end of the day and there is a concerning bruise or injury on your child, its important to address it. Each parent is an advocate for their child. And intuition goes a long way. If something doesn’t feel right, find out why.
—Leena Shrivastava Dev, MD, a mom of 14- and 10-year-old sons and the medical director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, in Maryland