Lots of parents around the country face an ongoing problem: finding a babysitter they trust to take care of their child or children while they’re away.
According to a poll by the American Red Cross, 55% of parents indicated they did not go out as they couldn’t find a babysitter they trusted to look after their children. A further poll indicated that 30% of parents rejected a babysitter due to safety concerns.
So what makes a babysitter trustworthy? CPR certification and first aid certification, of course!
According to the American Red Cross poll, a majority of parents believed that if babysitters possessed the skills on the list below, they should be earning more money.
These skills include:
- Knowing how to help a child who is choking
- Being able to identify potential items and emergencies that could prove a hazard to small children
- Are able to deal with first aid for bruises, and minor cuts
- Furthermore, 77% of parents with children younger than 17 believed that those teenagers who are babysitting should be trained in some CPR and first aid training before they commence work.
Why is CPR training important for babysitters?
CPR and first aid training can deliver a range of extra benefits for babysitters for a variety of reasons. Below we discuss some of the most important.
1. You will learn the skills to evaluate the severity of an emergency
Preparation is key for babysitters. If you are qualified to understand the signs of an emergency, you will be able to minimize risks to a child.
Thankfully, CPR training provides with the skills to allow you to identify safety risks in all environments, at any given time. This means you will be able to dedicate the correct resources and time to prevent potential emergencies and eliminate dangers.
CPR training also means you will know how to respond to a “worst-case” scenario, which means you will know exactly what to do when an emergency calls and can provide the child with the exact support they need.
2. You’ll be able to determine the victim’s needs in an emergency
As much as we would love to guarantee that each babysitting appointment will be emergency and stress-free, there’s just no guarantee possible. So it’s better to be prepared.
For example, if a child suffers from an allergic reaction, suffers from an episode under your care, it could escalate dangerously if you are not equipped with the necessary skills to handle the reaction.
CPR training, however, equips you with the knowledge and skills to recognize the symptoms in an emergency and the appropriate know-how to deal with it. Whilst no two emergencies will be the same, proper CPR training does guarantee that you will have a better, more thorough understanding of the victims needs in a life-threatening situation.
3. You’ll know when to call 911
CPR and first aid training will provide you with all the necessary lifesaving skills and know-how you need to help assist a child in an emergency situation. However, it’s important to note that even with this training at your disposal, there may be situations that arise that are critical and will require extra emergency help in the form of 911.
If you are wondering how will you know when it’s time to call 911, don’t worry. Your CPR training will teach you the basics to emergency response as well as equip you with the knowledge to ensure you will know when it’s time to seek emergency assistance before an emergency whilst babysitting escalates beyond your control.
Also, after you’ve finished your CPR training, you will know how to assist a child until 911 services reach you. What this means, is you can help administer critical assistance and boost the chance of a child surviving a life-threatening emergency.
4.You’ll be better equipped to administer immediate first aid
It’s vital that babysitters of all ages understand basic first aid and basic first aid training is available that will teach you how to administer immediate first aid to a child.
A basic first aid class will cover a variety of different topics that every babysitter should know.
First aid topics include:
- Knowing how to help children who suffer from bone or muscle injuries, trauma, and seizures
- Know how to deal with a variety of hot and cold emergencies
- Know how to deal with an allergic reaction
Typically a basic first aid class will teach you about the basics of first aid and respond to any questions or concerns you may have. This means you will be able to learn lots, feel reassured that you know what you are doing and as a result, you will be equipped to administer basic first aid with confidence should the situation arise whilst babysitting.
5.You’ll be able to identify the signs of choking instantly
A child choking emergency can occur almost instantly, and if you are unprepared, it could turn into a fatal situation. However, if you enroll in CPR training, then you can learn how to deliver infant, child and adult CPR correctly.
Becoming CPR certified is an essential qualification for a babysitter, and a CPR training workshop will cover a variety of different topics that every babysitter should know.
CPR topics include:
- How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- How to assist both unconscious and conscious choking victims of all ages
- The importance of infant, adult, and child CPR
It’s said that in the USA, choking is the 4th leading causing of unintentional death. Thanks to training and knowledge provided by a CPR class, you will be able to understand how to support a choking victim, and maybe even save their lives.
Enroll in a CPR training course today
Now that you know the benefits that CPR training can bring to your role as a babysitter, the next step is enrolling yourself in a CPR training course. At Bayside CPR & AED Training Center, we offer life-saving certification training for individuals and organizations. Our training is AHA compliant, nationally accepted, and can be accessed digitally through our study guides and website.
Enroll today to show parents that you’re a “trusted babysitter” and reap the benefits of a superior learning experience.
If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today, 443-837-7891 or visit www.baysidecpr.com.