Babysitter’s First Aid Checklist

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Having a reliable babysitter is an asset to every parent. But even the most reliable sitter may not know the ABCs of first aid. Make sure to go over the following points with your sitter before you leave them alone with your little ones for the first time:

When to Call 911
Your babysitter should call 911 when they need help right away. According to Healthfinder.gov, this includes when someone is seriously hurt, stops breathing, or if there is a fire. Another emergency could be a stranger trying to get into the home. The babysitter should be prepared to tell the emergency operator your address, phone number, and nature of the emergency quickly and calmly.

How to Stop Choking
Does your sitter know how to perform abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich maneuver? If the sitter is the only rescuer in the home, they may have to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim prior to calling 911, as the Mayo Clinic recommends. The sitter should also be trained in CPR should the child under their care become unconscious.

How to Stop Bleeding
What are two ways to help stop someone from bleeding while waiting for medical help to arrive? The Department of Homeland Security states that taking these simple actions can help to save a life. One is to apply firm and steady pressure to the bleeding site with both hands, another is to apply firm and steady pressure to the site with bandages or clothing.

How to Use a First Aid Kit
A first aid kit includes such items as bandages, medications, tweezers, and adhesive tape. In addition to the basics, your home kit will contain items specific to your family’s needs and concerns, such as, perhaps, allergy medication, an EPI pen, eczema cream, or the like. Go over the items in the kit and how or when to use them with your sitter.

What to Do If a Tooth Is Injured
Sometimes, the tiniest of bumps or falls can lead to a toddler in tears. However, some collisions can be more serious. Up to 50 percent of children will have some type of injury to a tooth during childhood. For minor bumps to the mouth, have your sitter apply a cold compress. Chipped tooth pieces and knocked-out teeth should be saved in milk.

Read more here to learn more about how to handle toddler tooth injuries at home.

 

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