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Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 12:03am
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Cynde, I think you know your own children better than anyone does. If you feel that your daughter is capable of taking care of your son then I am sure you are right. As you said, your home is safe, and your daughter probably knows more about pa than the vast majority of adults. The only thing I am wondering is about the epi-pen. I would want to have a back up plan for whomever was taking care of your son, that if he is not able to self administer the epi-pen, the person in charge will do it. I assume you have extra epi-pens, just in case.
My daughter is 8 and my son is 2 1/2. She is so sweet and caring with him, most of the time. Yesterday my son got hurt twice, and both times he cried for his sister - even though I was right there trying to give him hugs! I think that when the time comes she will be a good babysitter for him. In our case, though, she is the one with pa.
Good luck, Miriam
p.s. To add my .02 to the original topic: we have had wonderful experiences with teenage babysitters. I feel very safe with the teenagers we use.

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 12:04am
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oops, double post
[This message has been edited by California Mom (edited January 28, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 2:41am
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Thus far, our sitters have always been adult friends, one time a preschool teacher a neighbor recommended and dd was sleeping(we were across the street), or a neighbor nanny I knew well, and one very mature senior in HS(she is now in college and our first choice sitter always). Basically all adults who care for children for a living or have children, and the one HS girl.
I would let a teen sit, if I could ascertain that they could handle a situation(there are much more likey accidents that could happen at home than anaphylaxis, since we keep safe homes, right?). I just cannot find any that I know. I only allow people I know well to sit, regardless of PA, and it is just hard to find sitters these days. Aslo very expensive here in the Northeast! Generally around $8-10/hr. So we try to swap with friends. becca

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 4:26am
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Miriam, yes anyone that spends time with my son has been trained, trained and re-trained on how to aminister the epi. At the school all the staff know, even the ones who don't spend time with him. We have told them, we now want him to inject himself, but of course if he is unable, they know what to do. We have taught our daughter while we were teaching our son. I always made sure we all practised when I was training someone else, just in case someone panicked and forgot.
As for the other dangers, we have an alarm system on our home and two cell phones, I feel pretty confident about the other stuff. I just wanted to know how other parents had handled this type of situation or how they hope to handle it?
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