Should Babysitters be CPR AED and First Aid Certified?

Yes Babysitters Should be CPR AED and First Aid Certified

Most businesses offer AED, CPR, and First Aid training to their employees. Depending on the nature of the work, in some cases, this training may even be mandatory.

The idea is to make sure that everyone is ready to act in case of an emergency, whether it involves an employee or a customer.

Daycare centers are among those businesses which generally require training for their employees, considering that infants and children are more prone to accidents.

But what about individual babysitters? Many of them are teenagers who have never encountered any kind of emergency situation in their lifetime. Also, most of them are not employed by any particular business and instead work for themselves and take this job as a form of extra income.

Should babysitters be required to have emergency first aid training?

Short answer: Absolutely.

Let's see some reasons why!

Why Training Is Needed

Children have a talent for unintentionally putting themselves in dangerous situations. Many accidents will require the administration of CPR and first aid, including:

  • Electrocution
  • Poison exposure or consumption
  • Suffocation
  • Choking
  • Near drowning
  • Falls
  • Animal bites
  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)

To some, requiring independent babysitters to be adequately certified in AED, CPR, and First Aid might sound unreasonably overwhelming. However, this certification can be obtained through classes that only take a few hours to complete. This kind of  training may ultimately result in saving a life.

Avoid Complacency

Parents sometimes overlook to verify whether a babysitter or nanny is certified, simply because they do not believe an emergency will occur during their short absence.

However, accidents can happen unexpectedly regardless of all the precautions taken to avoid them.

A child can receive permanent brain damage or even die after just a few minutes in which oxygenated blood is unable to reach their brain.

Babysitters with CPR and First Aid training can increase the child's chances of a full recovery and survival by providing emergency care until professional medical help arrives to take over.

Other Advantages

Additionally, an emergency care certification program will educate caretakers on how to handle other medical issues. They will understand, for example, that a child cannot be given adult aspirin. They will also have an easier time understanding the child's medical history and how it applies to their medications, if they have any. If the child is severely allergic to anything (bee stings, peanuts, etc.), they will be a lot more cautious and take the issue more seriously .

Where To Find Training

There are many places where babysitters and nannies can receive their AED, CPR, and First Aid certification. The most well-known source is the American Red Cross, although there are other local and online training organizations. Check: American Red Cross, American Heart Association, CPR Near Me, and National CPR Foundation.

Hands-on practice by attending a class increases the chances of recalling how to react in an emergency. However, there are also many courses that can be taken online when such classes are not available, making it easier than ever to become AED, CPR, and First Aid certified.

Last Reviewed:
January 18, 2017
Last Updated:
October 24, 2017