If you’ll be going back to work outside of the home, you may wonder if it’s safe to hire a babysitter during COVID-19. While this decision is a very personal one, for some families it can be an appealing alternative to using a daycare center— as long as you can find a caregiver you trust to follow social distancing guidelines outside of your home. There are steps both parents and sitters can take to remain safe and smart.
Ultimately we have to stay positive, with the right planning, preventive measures, and lots of communications, you’ll be well prepared to take on whatever the coronavirus throws your way. Remember that even the most diligent attempts at preventing COVID-19 can fail. If your babysitter tells you they tested positive for the coronavirus, you should reach out to your pediatrician and let them know immediately. Ask the clinician if your family members will need to be tested and if you should quarantine.
Posts written by the Team ELM family!