Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 12:20am
sidni's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

I read a post recently that had mixed responses about childcare, and it got me curious...

Would you be comfortable hiring a babysitter that *also* had food allergies, even if s/he wasn't a nurse or anything?

I ask because I'm living in Montreal now and because I'm American, I can't really get a job for a few more months. I have student loans and whatnot, but I thought to make a little pocket money, I would see if I could do some babysitting, since I come from a big family and have been around kids every waking minute of my life LOL

So, I posted a pretty thorough ad on craigslist and commented that I'm really familiar with food allergies (duh! [img][/img]... Of course, since I'm allergic to peanuts (among a million other things), I know how to administer an epi, watch for signs of a reaction, read labels like a pro, etc. (I wouldn't expect any parent to hire me without meeting me and talking to me first, and so on, but thats a given [img][/img] What do you guys think? Personally, I'd feel comfortable feeding a PA child (with parents permission and approval of food, etc) because I *have* the allergy. I have a younger cousin who is PA and have never had worries when I've prepared her a meal for her since I know what is 100% peanut free and safe for me is safe for her.

Anyway, just curious! Feedback appreciate, thanks! And happy rainy, rainy spring!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 12:45am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

Our prior babysitter (she is now off in college) has a father with severe shellfish allergy who carries an epipen. They are trained to use it and her parents always stayed home (across the street) when she babysat for us. I have to admit I was more comfortable with that situation b/c she was familiar w/ anaphysaxis and had witnessed a reaction that her father had.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 12:54am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

hey, I have 4 kids and I've never hired a babysitter. If you lived down the street from me though, I would deff call to find out more! I think leaving my kids with someone that just doesn't get it, scares the you-know-what out of me. I would still need to meet you and feel secure, but it is a bonsu you understand all this. Good luck with finding a job, I used to work at a day care and then opened up a small home daycare myself. I didn't know the first thing about food allergies back then....if I ever did it again, I'd deff focus on that now. HUGS
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 5:48am
pitterpat's picture
Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

If on all other accounts you are a responsible person, I would choose you over any other person....even keep my children. Real-life knowledge and complete understanding of pa would be a huge plus for me.
Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 6:07am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Same here. It's a bonus.
We do have sitters on occasion, and we've never had one with a FA. That would be great.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 10:42pm
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

We've never had a sitter with FA, but one family with 2 girls who are very bright and come from a wonderful family were trained by their mother who is an RN and by me.
The other two come from another great family, they are the nicest teens. They were trained by me about FA.
I ask sitters to not bring any food to my house and to avoid eating pn that day. I call and remind them.
I normally have pizza for them and DS and put out 3 other snacks they can have.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 11:09pm
sidni's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

thanks for the feedback everyone...!
Now that I really think about it, I think it would probably be really great for a kid with food allergies (especially peanut!) to have a babysitter with the same stupid issue-- it would probably be great for a child to realize s/he isn't the only one, and to see a healthy/happy/functional "grown up" who also has PA... For them to see how (sort of) easy it ends up being, as you get older and it just becomes part of your day to day existence, and doesn't really interfere with much... I bet it would be a very good connection because there could probably be a special level of trust because you know you'll very very likely be safe! I wish when I was a kid that I had someone around who could say, "Look, I have PA to and I've been around the world, and done a billion crazy awesome things! And I'm alive and happy with normal relationships and a job and a social life and an education! Yes, you will be able to safely kiss your boyfriend someday! You'll be able to get on a plane! You can go to restaurants! Just take precautions and don't worry so much, crazy!" LOL!

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 4:34am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I'd hire you in a heartbeat - over family. I hate leaving her. A couple times I've been told AFTER she was babysat, that they 'would have never felt comfortable using the epi pen and would have just called you instead'. This after drilling them and training them. Gasp.
I would LOVE a babysitter with allergies.
Good point about them seeing someone older who is managing allergies. My DD is too young and it doesn't bother her, but I think this would be a big plus when she is older.

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