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Doctor insights on: Easy Crafts To Make While Babysitting Toddlers

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What is the best age for a serious girl to start babysitting?

What is the best age for a serious girl to start babysitting?

12-13 years: Depends on the ages of the children you might sit for and the number. I think 13 is an appropriate age to start, but again there are many factors. If you start out with a child 2-7 that would be best. Your parents assessment is important as is the people you will be sitting for. ...Read more

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The dog im babysitting just got into a fight with a racoon, im not sure if they are bite marks, or claw should I be concerned?

The dog im babysitting  just got into a fight with a racoon, im not sure if they are bite marks, or claw should I be concerned?

Take the dog to VET: Raccoons can give diseases, so you need to take your dog to the vet to make sure nothing is wrong. Rabies is what we fear, but dogs are usually immunized. Go see the vet. ...Read more

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What sort of first aid certificate should I do for babysitting?

What sort of first aid certificate should I do for babysitting?

Red Cross or 4H: Most local red cross chapters and many 4h chaapters run regular baby-sitting training courses. Certification would demonstrate that you take the job seriously & will know how to avoid pitfalls as well as responsibly take care of any problems which might arise. More importantly, the child will be safer and you will have gained more self confidence. Good luck. ...Read more

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Im babysitting tonight and the baby was just put on antibiotics for positive step a swab. What precautions can I take to not contact strep?

Im babysitting tonight and the baby was just put on antibiotics for positive step a swab. What precautions can I take to not contact strep?

Hand washing: You should be okay. As long as the baby has started antibiotics you have protection. Hand washing would also be helpful and don't be too affectionate with the child. ...Read more

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3 hours babysitting autistic kid. So i'm left wonderingcan headbanging lead to whiplash?

3 hours babysitting autistic kid. So i'm left wonderingcan headbanging lead to whiplash?

No: You are clearly a very concerned wonderful babysitter and i respect your question. ...Read more

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I'm babysitting my friends son, he's 1. And she packed some similac and a bottle. I thought they drink regular milk around that age and table food ?

I'm babysitting my friends son, he's 1. And she packed some similac and a bottle. I thought they drink regular milk around that age and table food ?

They can but...: Formula is a complete nutrition. They likely expect you to follow their lead and use what they provided. If you don't know the kid well enough to know if he has food allergies or other issues you would be wise not to offer anything else. Clarify the issue in the future if you sit for him again. ...Read more

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I'm babysitting a little boy with red swollen sporadic hives all over his body. No other symptoms. What can I do in addition to antihistamines?

I'm babysitting a little boy with red swollen sporadic hives all over his body. No other symptoms. What can I do in addition to antihistamines?

Other options: This will usually require or more thorough work up. Most times hives in children is related to a recent viral infection. No other treatment beyond antihistamines and time is needed. If hives persist or are accompanied by other symptoms the child should be evaluated by an allergist. If he experiences any problems breathing etc. you should give epinephrine and call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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I got kicked in the stomach by a toddler while babysitting. Am I at risk for internal bleeding? I am a petite female. What is usual onset time?

I got kicked in the stomach by a toddler while babysitting. Am I at risk for internal bleeding? I am a petite female. What is usual onset time?

Seek care if pain: Toddlers can pack a wallop! If you still have pain, or increasing pain, or new symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, it is best to be evaluated by a physician. However, toddler kicks rarely cause internal bleeding. If you feel well now, and stay that way, please don't worry. If you don't feel well, or are getting worse, see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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What happens if a child swallows a coin while I am babysitting? Should I call the parents or er?

What happens if a child swallows a coin while I am babysitting? Should I call the parents or er?

ER ASAP: A child swallowing a coin needs to be dealt with immediately, regardless of how the child is acting. It needs be xray'd to ensure it is not stuck in the in the esophagus or even worse in the airway. This can be seen on a lateral xray. If it is a battery, it needs to be removed immediately! so if it happens, call the parents asap and if the child is having trouble breathing call 911 first. ...Read more

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My 2 year old is vomiting and acting distant.. I recently started babysitting a 1 year old and this is when the issues started . No fever?

My 2 year old is vomiting and acting distant.. I recently started babysitting a 1 year old and this is when the issues started . No fever?

See your doctor: If you child is vomiting more than once or twice a day, he should see a doctor to make sure he doesn't have an infection. It is possible for some children to become upset or anxious and vomit due to stress, but i would have him checked first. ...Read more

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Exposed to MRSA while babysitting infant & 91 year old -parents, grandma, & baby have skin MRSA - 91 yr old also has MRSA in bladder. Am i at risk?

Exposed to MRSA while babysitting infant & 91 year old -parents, grandma, & baby have skin MRSA - 91 yr old also has MRSA in bladder. Am i at risk?

Contagious: Mrsa is contagious but your level of exposure is important. If you had direct physical contact with an infected person that in turn had touched their lesions then you might have picked it up. For it to cause infection it would probably have to penetrate your body thru broken skin. Don't panic, but take a good shower and be on the lookout for any "pimple like" lesions. Seek med help is u see some. ...Read more

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While babysitting i got sick with a stomach bug. Now, 11 hrs later, the boy has diarrhea. Could this be from me already?

While babysitting i got sick with a stomach bug. Now, 11 hrs later, the boy has diarrhea. Could this be from me already?

Varies: 12 hours is the fastest known and that is for the infamous norovirus. One possibility is that you were both exposed to a virus in your community and you just came down with it a bit sooner. At any rate, almost all other causes of stomach bugs take 24-48 hours to pass on from one person to another so you may well be correct in protesting your innocence in this event. Hope you have both recovered! ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a child not to have bowel movements? I babysit a 2yr old for 8 hours of the day 5 days a week and she never had a bowel. I've been babysitting for 6 months already.

Is it dangerous for a child not to have bowel movements? I babysit a 2yr old for 8 hours of the day 5 days a week and she never had a bowel. I've been babysitting for 6 months already.

Ask if it bothers U: The kid is likely on a schedule that doesn't involve you.If the kid has the urge when you are around, she may choose to only do it when mommy is home.I see no reason for you to be concerned with a normal acting kid.If it bothers you that much, ask the parents as part of your attempt to provide good care. ...Read more

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How do I not get strep if I am babysitting a girl with strep throat?

How do I not get strep if I am babysitting a girl with strep throat?

Strep throat: Strep is contagious through contact with saliva. So if you don't share drinks or kisses, you should be ok. ...Read more

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How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight

How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight

Z-PAC virus: How long are adults contagious on a zpack for a viral ear infection? Asking for babysitting 2.5 month old overnight. ANS: A Z-PAC does nothing for a virus ear infection. Only if if is bacterial. ...Read more