Posted February 24, 2018 06:19:59Parents are powerless to save a toddler from a bedbug infestation, according to a new study.
The study found that about 40 percent of American parents have reported bedbug problems.
Researchers found that only one-third of the parents surveyed were able to remove bedbugs from their childrens’ beds.
The parents in the study were mostly mothers, who tended to be older, have children of their own, and/or have children who are allergic to bedbugs.
The research, published online by the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, also found that the majority of parents did not know how to use a vacuum or how to spot the signs of bedbug bites.
Researchers found no correlation between parents’ knowledge of bed bugs and how long they spent caring for their children. “
This results in the potential for bedbugs to continue to spread for a long period of time and eventually kill the child.”
Researchers found no correlation between parents’ knowledge of bed bugs and how long they spent caring for their children.
They said parents should be aware that bedbugs are not usually aggressive and that it is important to be cautious when caring for children, especially older children.
“The more careful parents are, the more likely they are to be able to successfully remove the bedbugs and help their child recover,” study co-author Shanna M. Lips, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, told CNN.
The researchers interviewed 5,636 parents and caregivers in three states: Alabama, Florida and Texas.
The survey included a questionnaire on topics including the prevalence of bedbugs in homes and how the parents handled the issue.
The majority of the participants had children under five years old.
The findings are based on a survey of 6,859 parents and their children conducted in July and August.
Lipp said that the parents who reported bedbugs were more likely to be mothers and to have children younger than five years of age.
They also were more educated about bedbugs, having more years of experience caring for kids and having less experience with bedbugs themselves.
But she added that this was not necessarily because of the fact that they were more concerned about the spread of bed-bugs.
“We don’t know why these parents are more likely than others to report bed bugs,” Lips said.
She said that while the majority reported having experienced bed bugs before, there were some who had never even touched a bed bug before.
“It is very important to understand that bed bugs are not always dangerous to children,” Lipp added.
The prevalence of the bed bug, the authors said, was related to the frequency of bed sharing, which is often seen in nursing homes.
The average number of bedsharing sessions per day in nursing home settings was 2.5, which “is the most common among parents and is also a much lower number than the prevalence found in general populations,” Lip said.
The authors noted that there was no correlation with how many kids were in the home at the time of the survey.
Lip, who is also the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said parents who do not have the experience to treat bed bugs should not put their children in their homes.
“If a parent has never handled a bed-bug infested child, the parent’s responsibility is to protect their child from the potential bed-biting potential of bed bug bites,” Lipped said.
Parents who did not have bedbug knowledge, or who did have a child in the household at the moment of the infestation may have a tendency to “overreact” to bed bugs, the researchers said.
But they also noted that they do not know whether or not parents were in an ideal position to do that.
“Some of these parents did have knowledge of how to remove bugs and they were able, but the degree to which this is related to how many days were in a given week is not clear,” Laps said.