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Tips for leaving your child with a babysitter

Leaving your child with a babysitter can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with some preparation and clear communication, you can ensure their safety and your peace of mind. Here are some medical tips to consider:

  • Emergency contacts: Provide the babysitter with a list of emergency contacts, including your phone number, another trusted family member or friend's contact information, and the number for poison control (if applicable).
  • Medical information: Inform the babysitter about any medical conditions your child has, such as allergies, asthma, or medications they take regularly. Provide clear instructions on how to handle these conditions in case of an emergency.
  • First aid kit: Make sure the babysitter knows where the first aid kit is located and how to use it. Stock it with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any medications your child may need in case of minor injuries.
  • Safety precautions: Discuss safety precautions with the babysitter, such as keeping small objects out of reach of young children to prevent choking, ensuring that electrical outlets are covered, and keeping hazardous substances like cleaning supplies locked away.
  • Emergency plans: Review emergency plans with the babysitter, including what to do in case of a fire, natural disaster, or medical emergency. Ensure they know the quickest route to the nearest hospital or urgent care center.
  • CPR and first aid training: If possible, choose a babysitter who is trained in CPR and first aid. If not, consider providing them with basic training or at least going over the basics yourself.
  • Safe sleep practices: Discuss safe sleep practices with the babysitter, especially if your child is an infant. Ensure they know the importance of placing babies on their backs to sleep and removing any loose bedding or toys from the crib.
  • Food and allergies: Inform the babysitter about any food allergies your child has and provide clear instructions on what they can and cannot eat. Make sure they know how to use an epinephrine auto-injector if your child has severe allergies.
  • Regular check-ins: Arrange for regular check-ins with the babysitter, either through phone calls or text messages, to ensure everything is going smoothly and address any concerns they may have.
  • Trust your instincts: Finally, trust your instincts when choosing a babysitter. If something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to make alternate arrangements or postpone your plans until you find someone you're comfortable leaving your child with.

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