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Nanny From Hell? Parents Found Their 1-Year-Old Baby With A Bruise. How To Prevent Such Accidents?

January 29, 2019 18:47

Leaving your baby with a babysitter can be hard but in most cases, we have no choice. Fears about childcare providers are quite normal as we trust them with the most loved ones. But should we really worry? Let's try to find out how often something bad happens and what we can do to protect our children. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an analysis of crimes committed against children by child care providers shows that babysitters are responsible for 4.2 percent of the reported criminal offenses against children under age 6. However, sometimes babysitters go too far. 

Jacob's story 

A 1-year-old was mistreated by a babysitter. His parents had left him with the woman sure he would be in good hands. But when they returned home, they found little Jacob covered in scratches and bruises.

The story goes back a few years when Joshua Marbury and Alicia Quinney found their son with a huge bruise on his face as if the babysitter had given him a violent slap.

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Once back they found their little Jacob screaming at the top of his lungs, while the woman was peacefully sleeping.

The parents decided to report the babysitter but no investigation was launched because, according to a law of the State of Oregon, since the child couldn’t speak it couldn’t accuse the babysitter.

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There is no fool proof way to be sure you're hiring a  good babysitter, but there are ways to increase the chances.  

How to choose the right babysitter for a newborn?

Entrusting a newborn to a stranger is a difficult call for any parent.

The main point of this is to feel comfortable when you leave your child. So you’ve got to be sure that your baby is safe with that person.

  1. A babysitter must know how to deal with children with the help of such indispensable qualities as intuition, attention, kindness, and patience.
  2. A babysitter must have the necessary experience and maturity, be attentive, organized, observant, and good at communicating.
  3. It is important that a babysitter has had a pediatric first aid course.
  4. Always ask for references.

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How to manage a babysitter?

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Once you have chosen the right person, you should make your expectations clear.

  1. Make a list of what is forbidden: for example, your child can’t stay at the computer for more than 15 minutes or mustn't be given any sweets.
  2. Make a list of what the babysitter must do: for example, put the child to bed at the appointed time, take them for a walk if the weather is nice.
  3. Determine how the babysitter should behave in case your sweet little angel throws a tantrum: the nanny must stay patient and calm, and never resort to violence!

One of the most heart-rending things for any parent is to learn that someone is hurting their son or daughter.

Don’t forget to share the article with everyone you know, especially if they have young children!

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