Every parent faces unknown and possibly hazardous situations daily, and even the best parents could use a little help. That’s why the American Red Cross maintains a host of resources and opportunities to help keep your family safe and ready. Whether it’s confidence in a babysitter’s first aid skills or being prepared for an emergency or major disaster, the Red Cross has parents covered.
PREPAREDNESS WITH KIDS Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. They are frightening for adults, and can be traumatic for children, especially if they don't know what to do.
Creating a survival kit is an important step to prepare your family and help your children understand what to expect in an emergency situation. Even if it’s just a power outage, it’s helpful to have the things your family needs to stay safe and healthy in a scary situation.
In addition to basic items such as water, food, medical supplies, technology and other survival kit needs, include items for the children in your family, such as:
CPR/FIRST AID PEDIATRICS CLASSES Local Red Cross chapters offer First Aid/CPR/AED courses to train parents for a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency. Read more about your options and check local listings to find pediatric options. Printable guides are also available for a quick reference.
As Red Cross stories show, Red Cross training can be a life-saving skill for the unexpected emergency:
BABYSITTER AND CAREGIVER TRAINING When you step out for date night, a babysitter usually steps in to care for your kids. To ensure your babysitter is prepared and proficient to handle whatever may occur, you can point them to Red Cross courses dedicated to babysitting training. Online and in-person courses could teach your babysitter how to:
At the end of April, the Red Cross introduced a new Advanced Child Care Training course for people 16 years and older, who might be looking to become nannies, sought-after babysitters or who might be caring for kids for the first time. The course is also a good option for grandparents and other relatives who might want a child care refresher before watching young children.
Participants will learn the most common child care routines and behavior along with safety inside and outside of the house. The course also includes Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification. It combines in-person training and skills testing with self-paced online learning, using advanced simulation learning to give the course-taker an immersive and engaging learning experience. This technology simulates child care and emergency situations so course takers can practice techniques and critical thinking skills.
Review the Red Cross Babysitting and Advanced Child Care Training pages online for more details and course options. Be sure to ask if your sitter is Red Cross-trained, or your kids may wind up asking you themselves.