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I've seen lots of discussion of preschools but do any of you use babysitters? I know some of us can't trust our own mothers but do you ever let someone babysit kids? What is your criteria? I had a mom of stepkids with celiac but she borrowed alot of moolah and hasnt been heard from since. I need help --- but short of hiring a nurse what would you require?

On Jun 7, 2006

hi there

we are pretty picky -- grandma, aunt and one outside babysitter who is 25 and was a nanny to 5 kids for 2 years. I just feel that since we have never used the epi and have no idea how we would respond what could i expect from a babysitter so i choose not to use teenagers because i feel like it is asking too much for them to be responsible for such a big thing. Just our choices and opinions. my son is only 5 1/2 if that makes any difference.

On Jun 7, 2006

I have one friend that babysits fairly often for me...She (my friend) has severe allergies to corn and shellfish, so she knows all about the danger of food allergy and how to use the epi...I have also discussed the PA with my sister in law and another friend...and I would be comfortable leaving my daughter with them in an emergency situation...I have talked to both about the allergy, and they both watched the video "It Only Takes One Bite" from the FAAN website...

On Jun 7, 2006

My babysitters are in college...one happened to grow up with a best friend that carried the Epipen. She has witnessed her friend administering it to herself, and was trained to help her friend.

My other babysitter has two parents that are doctors and I trained her w/ epipen, she was comfortable with it.

And my third one is a lifeguard with professional rescuer CPR/first aid training -- and she just got the updated training which included Epipen administration.

I have their FA ACtion Plan posted in the cabinet plus a yellow sign on the fridge with their allergies, emergency contacts etc.

On Jun 7, 2006

[b]but do you ever let someone babysit kids?[/b]

No. Well, I do let DH watch them while I'm working out in the yard on the weekends, or I let him take the kids someplace without me. Somehow I don't think that counts. I have almost had to fire him a couple times though.

On Jun 7, 2006

We've been out on a grand total of about six dates in four years [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] We usually only trust my parents (very good about it!!), but we've also used a few people from Sam's daycare who very much "get it" and are used to our situation. I teach college aged students and have gotten several unsolicited offers, but I'm just not up to trusting someone without some whopping credentials, KWIM?

On Jun 7, 2006

i used to have the babysitter problem but now my oldest daughter is 15 and i have a built-in babysitter who has been raised around her two little sisters' PA for 10 years now. i never imagined she'd be responsible enough to take care of her sisters, or that they'd all get along well enough one day to spend a few hours together without me, but she does a great job.

On Jun 7, 2006

It totally depends on your comfort zone, of course . . . One thing that generally makes baby sitting better than preschool is that they're at your house, which (I assume) is a peanut free zone. So, somebody you trust with some special instructions (just in case) should be just fine. BTW, I know some teenagers who would react to a crisis sitation better than some of the doctors I know. . . .

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On Jun 8, 2006

Our babysitter is his former daycare teacher who is training to be a nurse. She is the only one we really feel comfortable with.

On Jun 8, 2006

Looks like I am the minority here. I have two babysitters. One is a neighbor's daughter who is 15. She has been trained in how to use epipen. She has also taken a babysitter certification class that the local hospital gives. We also set out my pa son's food for the evening and she knows not to give him anything else. As a back-up this girl's mom is always home while she babysits for us and the mom is also trained in epi pen and emergency action plan. She always babysits at our peanut-free home. We have not had one problem.

Our other babysitter is our oldest daughter who is 19. She is away at college most of the year now, but when she is home, we try to take advantage of it.

I think it is possible to find a babysitter, but also think you have to be comfortable or you will not enjoy your night out. Good luck!

Donna

On Jun 8, 2006

So far, we have not had any babysitters, but we are moving back to the States soon and will be near family and friends. My sister and my best friend have already watched the video "It Only Takes One Bite" and have read The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies and will read How to Manage Your Child's Life Threatening Food Allergies. I also want them to read about asthma and then I will let them babysit. (They actually volunteered to read any books I wanted them to read, so they could understand food allergies better.)

My best friend gave me my Epi years ago when we were late teens/early 20's and I was stung by a bee.

I trust my sister and my friend to take excellent care of my kids. I don't trust teens, since I have 4 kids, one with asthma and LTFA, one with asthma and one with GERD. I think it's too much responsibility for a teenager.

On Jun 8, 2006

We really rely on my mother. Unfortunately, we don't have any other family members who have learned (or wanted to learn) enough info about dd's PA and TNA.

So right now, we only trust my mother to watch dd.

On Jun 8, 2006

We only let dh's parents sit our kids. We would also let my sil watch too, but it hasn't been needed yet. The kids are always kept at our house. We stress that the Epi-pen goes with ds, even on walks around the block. We prepare the kid's food ahead of time. We check all food brought into the house too.

We issue all the safety warnings each and every time they are sat (which ends up being about 3 times a year). Sometimes fil has a short memory!

I don't know if I could ever trust anyone else - even if we didn't have to deal with the allergies. A little paranoid, I know...

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On Jun 8, 2006

This is a comfort zone issue. DD is 10. When we had a sitter (older teen) for her when she was younger, the sitter was Infant/Child CPR trained, practiced w/ the epi at our house and was not allowed to bring outside food over. Often DD was fed before she came, or eating dinner I prepared. We left safe snacks. All has been well. Lately we have dropped both girls off at a friend's- who have matched age girls. They've had the whole talk- DD brings epi and Benadryl. I read labels (for stuff they might eat) and/or bring safe snacks. We have had no problem. DD is trained "when in doubt, don't eat." As she gets older- we have to let her manage the allergy (slowly) on her own- so she can take care of herself.

On Jun 9, 2006

We have several teenage girls who babysit for us. I ask them to not bring any food with them and to avoid eating nuts the day they are coming. There is no food in my house that could hurt DS, so I am okay with the babysitters. They all know how to use EPI (one girl's mother is a nurse. They are great girls and are very responsible!

On Jun 9, 2006

Now that we live near family, we only use relatives, almost always in our peanut-free home. But when we lived 2,00 miles away from family I had an assortment of babysitters. Most common was my friends (we swapped babysitting time). Several dealt with FA at home, and all knew DS from birth and were full aware of his allergy and the epi-pen. One of my friends had a daughter who babysat. She was raised in an FA household (she wasn't allergic, but her father and siblings were). She only watched DS in our peanut-free house, and as the odlest of 5, was very responsible. She also only watched my kids when I was no more than 5 minutes away from the house. We also had one other adult babysitter. She was a daycare provider, had experience with FA, was CPR certified, was a mother herself (her son had astham as well). She was expensive, so we didn't use her much, but she was really worth the money when we needed her.

On Jun 9, 2006

We searched for a long time for a sitter we could trust. It took about 1 year. I still can't believe our luck. She is a women who has worked for me for several years. She wanted to stay home more with her daughter and was looking for something at home. She agreed to remove all nuts and eggs from her home and only feeds the kids whole foods. She carries the Epi's everywhere and is very cautious of were she takes the them.

Besides her we have also used a couple of nursing students that I have known through work.

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