Health Tip: Before the Babysitter Cares for Your Child

-- Before you choose a new babysitter or leave the sitter alone with your child for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you take the following precautions:

  • Choose a sitter who has good references and has training in first aid and CPR.
  • Make sure the sitter is mature, knows what to do in an emergency and is at least 13 years old.
  • Give the sitter a tour of your home, and encourage the sitter to show up well before you need to leave.
  • Provide instructions in the event of a fire, including offering detailed escape plans.
  • Direct the sitter on how and when to feed, bathe and "tuck in" your child.
  • Be sure that your sitter knows about any health conditions affecting your child, including any allergies.
  • Inform your sitter of where you're going and when you'll be back.

Posted: May 2010


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