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44-00L00 From the American Academy of Pediatrics: a parent's guide for selecting baby sitters Leaving a child with a baby sit- ter can be a traumatic experience for parents. This is especially true for first-time parents, who may feel compelled to be with their child constantly, afraid of what they might miss. More importantly, finding someone responsible and trust- worthy to care for a child, even for a few hours on a Saturday night, is not easy. Dr. Kate Cronan of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, says it's essential that sitters know the basics of emergency care. "It is crucial that they are certi- fied or at least aware of how to conduct first aid, CPR and basic life support in case of an emer- gency," she said. "But even though first aid is important," Cronan added, "disci- plinary techniques and interaction with the child is also valuable when choosing a sitter," said Cronan. When interviewing a baby sitter, Cronan recommends that parents give sitters a scenario and ask them how they would handle the situation. For example, ask the sitter, "If my child did this, what would you do?" as well as inquiring about what activities the child and sitter would do together. To ensure the safety of a child and to help make parents more confident in their choice of a baby sitter, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides the following guidelines: Meet the sitter, and check ref- erences and train in advance. Be certain the sitter has had first aid training and knows CPR. Be sure the babysitter is at least 13 years old and mature enough to handle common emer- gencies. Have the sitter spend time with you before baby sitting to meet the children and learn their routines. Show the sitter around the house. Point out fire escape routes and potential problem areas. Instruct the sitter to leave the house right away in case of a fire, and to call the fire company from a neighbor's house. Discuss feeding, bathing and sleeping arrangements for your children. Tell your sitter of any allergies or specific needs of the children. Have emergency supplies available, including a flashlight, first-aid chart and first-aid sup- plies. Tell the sitter where you will be and when you will return. Be sure any guns are stored and unloaded in a locked cabinet. Prior to leaving, parents should provide a list of telephone num- bers that includes where they will be, a neighbor who will be home, the fire department, the police department, poison control, and your home telephone number and address for the baby sitter and the child. This list should be placed near the telephone or on the refrigera- tor in case of an emergency. HIV/AIDS Continued from page 42 Cultural and sexual scripting, or the "why" of how we think Prevention skills, including, but not limited to, self-esteem evaluation, problem solving, negotiation in the sexual arena and protection assertiveness Compassion for people liv- ing/straggling with HIV/AIDS Furthermore, it has been sug- gested by some of the authors mentioned below that because our government is apparently finan- cially and politically constrained, we need to involve private sector e world of business is expertise and resources, especial- ly media professionals. For more in-depth information, see the following: "AIDS in the World II," by J. Mann and D. Tarantola, Oxford University Press, 1996 "Dangerous Inhibitions: How America Is Letting AIDS Become an Epidemic of the Young," by Chris Collins, UCSF/ARI, UCSF/CAPS, February 1997 "Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior," by R. 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