Are you or a family member babysitting this summer to help out or to make some extra money?
Or are you a parent that will be leaving your child in the care of another? Leaving a child in the care of someone else can be tough for anyone regardless of the age of the child. But there are various things that you can do as a a parent or a caregiver to ensure that the child is protected and in the best of care in case of an emergency.
First two things:
1. Learn CPR and/or make sure the babysitter is proficient in Pediatric Infant and Child CPR & First Aid
2. Make sure that you or the babysitter are familiar with the proper techniques to administer the Heimlich Maneuver.
The other additional things are making sure that all medication bottles are tightly sealed, cleaning supplies are locked away, and that important number are posted on the refrigerator or in a easily visible location.
Also make sure that the EpiPen is handy if the child has allergies.
Last but not least, have 9-1-1 programmed on your mobile phone for easy access.
Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we provide Pediatric Infant/Child CPR/AED/First Aid certification classes. These classes are perfect for babysitters, camp counselors, caregivers, grandparents, and anyone that will be interacting with infants and small children. These classes concentrate solely on the emergency care needs of the infant and child and use the American Heart Association Curriculum.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.