Checklist for a Child Care Medical Emergency
10 things you and your sitter need in case of an emergency.
Ronnie Friedland, Contributor
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When our newborn is lying peacefully in her bassinet, it's hard to imagine that we (or their babysitter or nanny), may ever need to take this child to the emergency room, for a broken finger, an acute asthma attack, an injury from a car accident or other crisis.

But in case the unwished-for crisis occurs, you want to be prepared (and to have your sitter prepared, too), for any information that may be needed.

Here are ten items to include in a child care emergency checklist. Keep the list on your refrigerator (in situations with more than one household, post it in each household) and give a copy to all your caregivers.

Emergency Checklist

  1. Your children's full names, correctly spelled. (Your babysitter may know their nicknames, but correct, full names are on health insurance cards.)
  2. Your children's address, ZIP code, and phone numbers. List two addresses if parents live at separate homes.
  3. Contact information for each parent, including work and cell phones, name of employers, work addresses, and hours they will normally be there.
  4. The pediatrician's name and contact information, and the same information for any specialists your children see, along with a notation on what their specialties are.
  5. Contact information for the dentist and orthodontist.
  6. Drug and food allergies your children have.
  7. Medical conditions your children have, medications taken, and danger signs to be aware of for each of those conditions. For example, will your sitter know how to identify an asthma attack? Be sure you tell her how to recognize it, how to help with the inhaler and when to call 911.
  8. Your children's health insurance policy number, the subscriber's name, and the address and phone number of the insurance company (there's usually an 800 number or member service number listed on the back of the insurance card). Some insurance companies will allow you to order duplicate cards, which can be extremely useful for your babysitter or nanny. This is often the very first item asked for in the emergency room.
  9. Family and friends to call, plus their contact information, in case the parents can't be reached.
  10. If you have more than one child, you should include their cell phone numbers, if any, as well as an emergency contact number of a friend or family member who can gather everybody together in case of an emergency. It's worth taking a few moments to tell your kids what will happen if there is an emergency with one of their siblings -- that a friend or family member will find them and bring people to their home or to the hospital if necessary.

We all hope that you'll never need the above list, but being prepared in a crisis can help things go smoothly and prevent panic.

Ronnie Friedland is an editor at Care.com. She has co-edited three books on parenting and interfaith family life.

* This article is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be providing medical advice and is not a substitute for such advice. The reader should always consult a health care provider concerning any medical condition or treatment plan. Neither Care.com nor the author assumes any responsibility or liability with respect to use of any information contained herein.

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(20) Comments
safety-conscious grandpa
safety-conscious grandpa
Not only nannies and babysitters, but grandparents should also have this information.
July 19, 2014 at 5:45 PM
Member Care
Member Care
Hi Danita, thank you for your comment! We, too, think it is very important to be prepared! You can certainly make up your own form for parents to fill out, but we also have one available on the site that you may download and share with the families you work for.

http://www.care.com/child-care-safety-checklist-for-babysitters-and-nannies-p1017-q14807.html

We appreciate your thoughtfulness and awareness of how important it is to be prepared in the event of an emergency, and we hope this helps!
July 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Danita L.
Danita L.
Having a list of contacts in case of an emergency is very, very important. Information about a child's allergies, other medical conditions, routines, appetite, fears,interests, and socialization skills are also important to know. This also includes Child's doctors, administration of medicine,and nearest hospital.
Is there a way to get these forms or should I make up my own? I want be able to present them to the parents before I start my first day of work.

Thankyou so much for your help.
July 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Denise T.
Denise T.
Sarasija, I would appreciate a copy of the list also. Thanking you in advance!
June 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Member Care.
Member Care.
Hi Rebekah,

That's wonderful to hear. Feel free to check out this article as well: http://www.care.com/child-care-child-care-safety-checklist-p1017-q591.html
April 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Rebekah
Rebekah
I would love your emergency contact list!
April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Sierra B.
Sierra B.
Is there a resource online that would have a "one stop shop" if you will, for forms I could compile into a "nanny notebook"? I have a special needs child so if there is one out there that could make things simple where I could just fill in the blanks that would be great. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
November 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM
Brittney L.
Brittney L.
Hello I would also like a copy of your form please and thank you
November 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Dessirree K.
Dessirree K.
This is very informative. I will print this information for future reference. I love this site. Even if I don't get work at least I get more knowledge.
October 23, 2012 at 1:37 AM
Ada R.
Ada R.
Hello, I would like a copy of your form too! Thanks a lot!
October 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM
Samantha
Samantha
Sarasija, I just saw your post. Can I please get a copy of your emergency form? Thanks
September 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM
Virginia C.
Virginia C.
Sarasija
Can I have a copy of your list as well.
Thanks, Virginia
August 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Shelia S.
Shelia S.
Can I please get a copy of your emergency form?
August 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM
Audrey L.
Audrey L.
Sarasija,
I would love a copy of your template as well.
Thank you
August 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM
Tara A.
Tara A.
Sarasija, Could you please send me the list as well. Thank you very much.
July 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Rhonda C.
Rhonda C.
Can I please get a copy of your emergency form? thanks
July 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Peter R.
Peter R.
Sarasija, could you message me your list as well?

Thanks, Peter
June 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Irene S.
Irene S.
Count me in on your info also PLEASE ?????
Thank Irene S.
June 4, 2012 at 1:51 AM
Denise S.
Denise S.
Could you please share your emergency list with me as well? Thanks so much! Denise S.
May 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Jennifer
Jennifer
Can I have a copy of the list as well!
May 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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