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Tips for caring for a baby or child who suffers from asthma

Finding the right nanny or babysitter can be quite difficult for parents, especially for parents and guardians of children with a health condition like asthma. Concerns regarding the support and care that your child will get and the knowledge and experience that your nanny can be a major stress factor. Childcare for an asthmatic child can not only be costly, but finding a nanny with the skills to offer the appropriate care for your child can be an uphill task.

In as much all children are unique in their own ways and have their specific needs, children with asthma can pose a unique challenge to the nanny. It is imperative that the nanny be a licensed and registered child care provider even before they are considered for the position. By opting for a registered nanny, you are able to conduct the relevant background checks. This ensures that you only choose people without a tainted history.

No child should be placed under the care of an individual without carrying out a comprehensive background check. You should advertise for a nanny who possesses experience with asthma specifically. He or she should also have a current certificate in first aid, as well as specific training concerning asthma if possible.

It is important to discuss your child's asthma with potential nannies and ask plenty of questions. The nanny should appear confident and should be comfortable in how she deals with the day to day prevention and the handling of emergency situations as soon as they arise. The prospective nanny should be ready to undergo any additional asthma or first aid training that you may require.

The nanny you want to hire should be familiar and comfortable with executing your child's specific Asthma Action Plan. It is important to place a hard copy of this plan in an obvious place like on the fridge. Provide the nanny with training on all the appropriate medication, as well as how or when to manage it. Always keep your nanny updated on any changes involving the medication plan. Your child's medication should always be kept in the same place, which can be easily accessed by the nanny.

Additionally, you should leave your nanny or child care giver with written permission to accompany your child to the doctor for appointments in the event that you are not available. In addition to the above questions, you should ask your prospective nanny the following questions. These questions will enable you to open up a conversation with the nanny, increase their comprehension of asthma, and enable your child to get the best available care for asthma.

How do you deal with childhood asthma?

In addition to your Asthma Action Plan, your nanny should also have or be familiar with an asthma policy. An asthma policy involves a set of rules or guidelines that entail how your child will be cared for. Ideally, all professional nannies should have one in place. This should be a lucidly written policy that elaborates everything including the training that the nanny receives, the environment that your child will be in, whether or not the nanny will administer asthma medicine to your child, and the procedures that they adhere to in case of an asthma emergency.

Is the caregiver familiar with dealing with asthma in children?

Every child's asthma is unique, and the nanny should be able to show that they understand this. They should strive to offer your child the safest environment possible, as well as much love. This means that they should employ practical measures to avoid factors that may trigger asthma in your child. Such measures include a no smoking policy, and no feathery or furry pets.

Does the caregiver know how to handle a childhood asthma attack?

If it ever occurs, your nanny should be able to recognize an emergency involving your child and be able to know what to do. Do find out if they’ve ever had to contend with emergency situations before and if so, how did then handle them?

The way your child relates to a specific nanny can make a big difference. Avoid timid nannies who are unsure of the child, as such nannies can make it very difficult for themselves and the family, and above all, for the child. Studying how the nanny and the child interact can say volumes regarding how the partnership will turn out. It is important to note that a nanny who has a medical background will always be a benefit. Normally, there are retired nurses, who are already licensed and seeking work. A child with asthma is prone to situations that may need immediate medical intervention, so those with a medical background are wonderful options.

Take your time when deciding on a nanny, as it is quite an important decision. Feel free to call for references and take notes as you do your research on each potential nanny. There are some wonderful nannies available, so be optimistic in your search and enjoy the process.