Health Tip: Want to Be a Babysitter?01/27/14
(HealthDay News) -- If you've got your eye on becoming a
babysitter, make sure you know how to keep your charges safe.
The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice:
- Take classes in babysitting, first aid and CPR. Understand the
basics of sleep safety for babies, such as the need to have them
sleep on the back.
- Bring a list of questions and information you will need from
the parents. Make sure you have everything you need before the
- Learn how to help prevent choking. But do not give children
food or medication unless instructed to do so by the parents.
- Check on children about every 15 minutes while they're
- Make sure all outside doors and windows are locked.
- Do not allow anyone in the home, and call police if you suspect
- Never leave a child alone in the bathtub for even a
- Make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency, such
as a fire.
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