Children's Mercy Hospital bans spanking

Children’s Mercy Hospital is now a “hit free” zone; spanking has been banned on hospital property.

The new policy comes after numerous employees witnessed parents or caregivers striking, even dragging, children as discipline. Now, if a hospital worker sees a child throwing a tantrum, they’ll give kids a coloring book or bubbles to de-escalate the situation.

“We’re not trying to tell parents how to discipline their children. What they do at home is their business,” pediatric nurse practitioner Amy Terreros said. “We really want to educate our caregivers and support them white they’re here so that it’s not a stressful time for them.”

If a parent or caregiver strikes a child at the hospital, a social worker will come talk to them.

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