When we take our kids to day care, we put our trust in others to protect them from harm or injury. It is particularly devastating when an infant or toddler suffers a preventable injury while in the care of others. Infants and toddlers are vulnerable to traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI, which can range from mild to severe, can result from a fall or other impact to the child’s head. Across Georgia and in metro Atlanta we are aware of little ones who have suffered an injury at day care. In a Gwinnett infant concussion incident, an 11 month old was sitting in a high chair and fell to the ground, suffering a head injury. Although it was claimed by the facility that the baby had been properly restrained in the high chair, investigators were sent to determine how the baby ended up falling. The parents were devastated.
Licensed Georgia day care providers are required to meet certain requirements with regard to the ratio of infants, toddlers and children to day care workers. For example, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Education enforces Georgia’s rules and regulations for registered Support Centers and licensed child care programs. Day care providers are required to meet educational requirements and to continue year after year to take safety education. If a child is injured in day care parents can seek medical care and legal guidance to ensure that the licensing requirements were followed.