Your Pregnancy After 35 : Back to Work (part 2) - Caring for a Sick Child, Hiring a Caregiver

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Infant Care

Babies have special needs; be sure the place you choose for your infant meets those needs. A baby must be changed and fed but also must be held and interacted with, must rest at regular times each day and be comforted when she is afraid.

When searching for childcare, keep in mind what is required for your child. Evaluate every situation in terms of how it responds to your baby’s needs.

Special-Care Needs

If your baby has special needs and requires one-on-one care, expect to spend extra time finding qualified childcare. A child with special needs may be best cared for by someone who comes to your home. Ask for a referral from baby’s healthcare provider or the hospital where your child has received care.

Caring for a Sick Child

All children come down with colds, the flu or diarrhea at some time. If you can’t take time off from work to stay home with a sick child, you may have other care options.

In many places, “sick-child” day-care centers are available. They are usually attached to a regular day-care facility, although some are connected with hospitals. A center provides a comfortable place where an ill child can rest or participate in quiet activities, such as story time. Often a registered nurse heads the facility; this person can administer medication when necessary.

Some cities have on-call in-home care providers who come to your home when your child is too sick to be taken anywhere. The program is usually run by an agency that deals with childcare, and caregivers charge by the hour. This can be an excellent way to care for a child who is ill.

Hiring a Caregiver

Where do you start the search for the right day care for your child? Start with the following ideas.

Ask friends, family and co-workers for referrals.

Talk to people in your neighborhood.

Ask at your church about programs it may sponsor.

Call a local referral agency.

Advertise in local newspapers, online resources and church bulletins to find interview candidates.

Talk to people over the phone first to determine whether you want to interview them. Ask about their experience, qualifications, childcare philosophy and what they seek in a position. Then decide if you want to pursue the contact with an in-person interview. Make a list of what to discuss, including days and hours the person is needed, duties, need for a driver’s license and a benefits policy.

Whomever you choose to provide care for your child, check references thoroughly before you make a final decision. Have a potential caregiver provide you with the names and phone numbers of people she has worked for in the past. Call each family, let them know you are considering this person as a caregiver and discuss their experience with the candidate. Ask direct, probing questions. Beware of references who only tell you wonderful things about the caregiver. They could be close friends who have never really used the caregiver you are checking on.

Keep checking. After you hire someone, check the situation occasionally by dropping in unannounced. Pay attention to how your child reacts each time you leave or arrive; this can give you a clue as to how he or she feels about the caregiver.


 
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