STATES CHRONICLE- Firearms are found in almost every home in the U.S, but the kids are not advised on how to handle them. Pediatricians don’t discuss this with their patients, and this is a big problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics advised the doctors to talk to families about guns safety but a new study showed that this doesn’t happen in most of the cases.
The Washington University of Medicine’s researchers surveyed over 1,200 parents that were waiting for their children at the pediatrician’s office in Illinois and Missouri. The found out that 50,2 percent of children live in houses with guns. The Study was published today in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Most of the parents told the researchers that they were open to discussing firearms safety with their pediatricians. Only one-third of parents didn’t want their pediatricians to ask them if they had a gun and said that they would be offended if they were advised to remove the firearm from the home
“Guns are an emotional topic,” said Dr. Jane Garbutt, lead author of the study and a professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. “Our work suggests this type of conversation doesn’t happen enough. But we need to find a way for doctors and patients to have this discussion to keep kids safe.”
Children’s access to guns and discussing firearms safety with their parent had become an important part of the violence prevention recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The reasons why the pediatricians don’t talk about firearms safety are that they don’t want to offend the parents, the lack of training, and the lack of time.
Another problem is the legislation like the one in Florida called Firearms Owners Privacy Act, which prohibits doctors from asking if their patients have guns. Other similar legislations have passed the law in a dozen states. Some professional organizations have challenged the law, including AAP.
The only effective way is for physicians to give advice to their patients without questioning them about whether they have firearms at home or not
Do you think that pediatricians should advise kids on firearms safety?
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