Why do Babysitters need First Aid Training?

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Scott Friedline, Red Cross health and safety chairman, explains the functions available at the Red Cross to Jeanette Goodman near the commissary March 20, 2008. The Red Cross relies on volunteers to function successfully and is located in building 674. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert Barnett)

These days when all parents have to work, babysitters are often hired to look after their children. Mothers also have to help their husbands provide for the family so that leaves them without a choice. They have to leave even their infant children under the care of their nannies. There are cases when some part-time babysitters are hired so that mothers can go out to attend to errands. So now the question is how qualified should a babysitter be? What necessary trainings must the person undergo? How would you trust someone to take care of your little ones? Are there some prerequisites that you have to ask for? Needless to say, most parents require that their babysitters are certified to have undergone first aid training.

Screening the Potential Babysitter

In most cases, babysitters are subject to interrogation or brief interview. Parents like you must be very particular with the person’s qualifications and trainings. First thing that you have to ask is the available time that the individual has so that you will know if she is the right one who can help you out. Also, there are some pertinent issues which you have to settle with her. How about when your baby chokes or if she stops breathing? Will she be able to perform CPR? What if your child gets an injury? Can she administer a first aid treatment? There are a lot of things that you have to ask her and ensure that she is capable of handling your precious little one in case of an emergency.

Signing Up for the Course

As it goes, there are several offers for the training courses on first aid. The organizations that provide the trainings make it a point to encourage those who work as babysitters to sign up and get educated. Institutions and other related groups such as the Red Cross organization send out flyers to let the public know of the steps on how they can avail of the course.

As a matter of fact, there are plenty of teenagers out there who want to earn their own money by means of babysitting. It is advisable for them to take up the courses so that they can become more qualified in handling little children. Apart from the training on the application of first aid, they can also learn more as they take up courses on how they can efficiently play and get along with little kids, how they will politely answer the phone calls and get the message when you are out of the house, how to feed the baby, bathe them, and change their diapers. They will likewise know more about how they may handle emergency situations.

Certification upon Course Completion

Soon after the person has completed the course, a completion card will be issued as a proof that she is qualified enough to perform CPR and is knowledgeable on the vital things to do during an emergency situation. Thus, you have to keep in mind to ask for the vital certificates that will prove the person’s qualifications. After all, you will never entrust your children to a person who knows nothing about an effective handling of untoward events.

The first aid training is a course that is essential to each and everyone. Babysitters should all the more be persuaded to take this up so that they will know the proper handling of children with or without an emergency.

Willow Stevens

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