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Health Tip: Choosing a Babysitter

Make sure the sitter is prepared for an emergency

(HealthDay News) - When choosing a babysitter, it's important to make sure the sitter is experienced and prepared to handle any situation that arises.

Here are guidelines to keep in mind when selecting a sitter, courtesy of the University of Michigan Health System:

  • Try to find a trusted friend or family member, or select a sitter that is recommended by your friend.
  • Do not choose a sitter younger than 12 years old.
  • Meet your sitter first. Once you're comfortable with the person, see how the sitter interacts with your child and how the sitter reacts to emergencies or unusual situations.
  • Check the sitter's references before the sitter watches your child.
  • Make sure the sitter knows CPR and first aid.
  • Encourage your sitter to take a babysitting class offered by the American Red Cross.
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