Are your babysitters trained adults only?

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2000 - 2:26pm
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My husband and I sometimes need a babysitter, on a casual basis, and we are now thinking this will need to be a trained adult only. In our area we need someone to administer the Epipen and go on board an ambulance as EMTs are not permitted to give the Epi to kids under 12. Some family members suggested an adult wasn't necessary because the kids will be in their peanut free home and asleep most of the time. But as I read about delayed reactions etc. I think it could happen at home. Look at how unreliable labelling can be. It can happen at home. I think it would be too much for a teen to be responsible for. I am decided on this point, but I would like to hear how others handle babysitting needs? Do you take turns going out? How do you solve your casual needs for a date, an appointment etc., especially if you do not have family in town? Any successful strategies re babysitting, preparing the sitter?

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2000 - 2:35pm
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hi! I myself do not have kids, but am PA, and my brothers and sisters (5 of them) most of their kids DO have it, or have not yet been tested....(I know, we are pushing them to do it!).
Anyways....my sister has trusted a "teen sitter" before, however, she also kind of checked around with some neighbors to see if they would be around that night "just in case". Of course the sitter was VERY well trained, but my sis felt better with some "back up adult security"....also to support the sitter should anything happen, and there be fear.

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2000 - 4:23pm
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Hi Laura
As I have mentioned in other posts I am a single Mom and sometimes have to work for an emergency in the evening or on a weekend. As much as possible I try to get my ex to take the kids when this happens, but if not I only use an adult babysitter just because I feel more confident that way. The woman I use works at my daughter's daycare and so I know she is very aware of the allergy, knows how to administer the epipen (I did the training, etc.). Personally, I just don't trust a teenager to accept the responsibility and I know my daughter will trust this person's authority. If they say something has peanuts she will trust them - but will a teenager, who naturally thinks people are invincible, really read the label?
I guess I am just not that trusting, or haven't met a teenager I feel confident with yet.
take care
deb

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2000 - 10:02pm
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We live in the country! Emergency 911 services take 25-30 minutes to arrive. It takes about 15-20 minutes to drive to the hospital. Therefore, we drive! Yes, we've considered moving but decided to stay!
We can't have a teen, too much responsiblity! Although, if I lived in the city I would definitely trust a teen, we have some great teens in our church!
I'm going away this weekend, first time away from the kids in 5 years. A bit anxious but I'm looking forward to it!! We need a break when we're dealing with asthma all winter long don't we? ...and these allergies are exhausting too, just thinking about them every day!!!

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2000 - 10:39pm
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We dont go out to often! Anyway, my spouse and I have discussed this on many occassions and I think that it is always the big "what if" factor.
When we do go out, its somebody who knows our daughter, the use of an Epipen etc. I dont think I could put a teenager in this situation no matter how safe I think our home is; its always "what if" it happens.
Jeff,
in the Limestone City

Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2000 - 4:06am
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I do use a teen who is trained. My neighbors are usually around also. Honestly, I feel moer comfortable with my teen sitter than I do with some family members! My teen is one that feels very comfortable calling me on the cell phone and keeping in touch.
My daughter can eat everything in our house, but I never let her eat something from a new package if I'm not going to be around for a few hours. I don't even let her use a new shampoo and then go off to school, which may be a little psycho [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 06/10/2000 - 11:33am
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Laura,
I use Teen Babysitter from our church, but I always tell them that they CAN NOT bring any food or candy with them. I always use a neighbor for backup in case of emergancy. I now carry a cell phone with me at all times, as does my husband, but we always leave the address, and telephone number too. You must be reachable. I also show them FANS "It Only Takes One Bite".
Good luck

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2000 - 4:31am
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My husband and I go out usually once a week on a date if we can. We have had teen sitters and college aged women. Because we have a totally peanut free house, we feel very confident if the person herself is bright, trustworthy, etc. Of course we train them on the epi and show where the Benadryl is. We've never had a problem and have had some great babysitters.

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2000 - 8:02am
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We use a teen who has been coming to the house as a mother's helper for about 3 years before she was old enough to babysit alone. Our house is completely free of peanut/nut/egg/mustard products and the babysitter does not bring any food in. We feed the kids before she comes so that food is just part not of the babysitting equation/job description. I would never give my PA child a new food on the day we were having a babysitter. With these precautions we've reduced the risk to a level we are comfortable with for our family. Of course, it took me 5 years to get to this comfort level! For the first five years we only used Grandma.

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2000 - 8:24am
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my sister who's son usually attend a "very educated day care (no nuts allowed)"...had an emergency situation where she needed a sitter. BEFORE my sister could even open her mouth about the allergy, the sitter brought it up. (this was someone sent from a nanny agency on last minute child care)....anyways....mom's can't always be in a million places, and she had to go with a sitter, and well.....what relief that the sitter brought it up first,....so education is spreading....just a warm fuzzy. =)

Posted on: Wed, 07/05/2000 - 1:46am
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I work nites, and my husband works days, so we don't leave my son with a sitter. School is a nightmare. I got one of those phone calls from shcool that my son was not feeling well. When I got there, he was unresponsive, gray in color and covered in hives. I had to tell the nurse to call an ambulance. I don't think anyone can tell as quick as a mother can when your child is starting to react. I can't wait for my son to be old enough to give himself medicine to prevent going into full shock. I don't believe anyone else is capable of realizing how quickly these kids react to allergens and how sick they become, unless they've experienced it up close.

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