Emergency with a Child
Child emergency. Unfortunately when an emergency occurs, we tend to be unprepared. My father always said this expression to me :), “Es mejor prevenir que lamenter,” which basically means, “Better safe than sorry.” The best way to ensure a Nanny/ Caregiver who is caring for your loved one responds to the best of his/ her capabilities to an unexpected emergency is to provide them with the necessary contact information and possible medical instructions.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an emergency exists if you think a child could die or suffer permanent harm unless care is received right away. Many feel they are prepared for emergencies by just knowing to call 9-1-1. Unfortunately, this is not always enough. For example a child may need care before emergency medical service personnel arrives on the premises. By being prepared, assurance that a child receives the appropriate medical attention is attained. Below you will find what 10 tips to help you be better prepared from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) … because no matter how hard you try to protect your children-emergencies happen.
1. CHECK IF 9-1-1 IS THE RIGHT NUMBER TO CALL. Some areas in the US do not have 9-1-1. Others have E-9-1- 1 where your address is automatically stored in a database. Sounds odd but checking and confirming will not hurt.
2. KEEP A WELL-STOCKED FIRST-AID KIT ON HAND. To learn what makes a good first-aid kit, contact your health care provider, local pharmacy or the American Red Cross.
Consider putting together an emergency food kit also, with enough food and water for all for three days for natural disasters, etc.
3. MAKE A LIST OF EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS. Also consider if something happened to YOU, the nanny! Does your boss know who to contact in this kind of emergency too?[ilink style=”download” url=”http://www.elitenanniesoncall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/EMERGENCY-CONTACT-SHEET1.pdf”]Download Emergency Contact Sheet[/ilink]
4. INFORM YOUR NANNY ON WHO TO CALL AND WHAT TO SAY. Once the child learns to use and speak into the telephone, teach them about 9-1-1. Make sure your Nanny knows where the phone numbers are for emergency help and poison control. Roll play with the child. If they call 9-1-1, the operator will ask, “Fire, Police or Ambulance/Rescue?” Tell your child to stay on the line while the call is transferred. When the appropriate agency picks up, the emergency operator will ask for name, address, telephone number and details. He or she will want to know what has happened, when it happened, where it happened and who is involved. Teach your child not to hang up unless told to do so. The emergency operator may be able to offer help over the phone.
TIP: Unblock your caller ID. Make sure the child knows their street address, and apartment or unit number if appropriate.
5. MAKE SURE YOUR HOUSE NUMBER IS VISIBLE FROM THE STREET.
6. KEEP A CLEAR AND UP-TO-DATE RECORD OF IMMUNIZATIONS. This can help doctors do a better job of diagnosing a problem in an emergency. For example, if your child has a bad infection, and the doctor knows your child has been vaccinated against Hepatitis, the doctor can rule that out. This can save time. Ask the family for the current immunization records of any child in your care and keep it with other emergency medical forms.
7. WRITE DOWN MEDICAL CONDITIONS, MEDICATIONS AND DOSAGES.
8. MAKE A LIST OF ALLERGIES AND REACTIONS. The emergency plan should also include a place to write this information down. It will help ensure that health care professionals don’t use medicines that can hurt your child. And, it might help emergency medical personnel find a reason for problems such as seizures or shortness of breath. If any of your children have severe drug allergies or chronic conditions, we recommend they wear Medical I.D. bracelets.
9. IF YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY COVERAGE. Check your charge’s policy in advance. Some insurance companies require that you call first for approval. Make sure you understand the policy, and carry all necessary cards and phone numbers with you. The parents can request additional cards for you, or you may photocopy their cards and retain with other emergency medical information.
10. TAKE FIRST-AID CLASSES. A basic class will teach CPR and proper ways to treat burns, wrap sprains, apply splints and perform the Heimlich maneuver. Remember, if you take time now, you won’t lose precious time when a life could depend on it.
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