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Babysitting Basics class certifies 10 from area

 

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The participants in the most recent Babysitting Basics class received their certificates April 2. Front row: Saige Galbreath, Lilly Fannin, Madison Bartlett, Stephanie Cota, Katie Mae Shelton, Aiden Schmierer. Back row: Mirian Boites, David Strode, Kylee Buchanan, Allison Jorden, Carol Frost.

On Monday, April 2, 2018, 10 students spent the first day of spring break in the basement of the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center becoming certificated babysitters. This brings the total to 103 students who have participated in a Babysitting Basics class. Beginning in 2010, the Odessa Healthcare Foundation, as part of their goal to provide health education to our community, began sponsoring this class for youth interested in improving their skills as babysitters.

Carol Frost, health educator from Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), Community Wellness, taught this year's class. The students created a bag to take with them when they go to babysit. They learned how to diaper, swaddle and feed a baby, plus why NEVER to shake a baby. They learned appropriate food, activities and discipline for toddlers and younger children. They also learned what to do if a baby is choking and first aid for cuts and burns. With a class this small, the students received one-on-one time with the instructor while they practiced infant and child CPR, beginning with assessing the situation and calling 911.

These students also learned how to keep themselves and the children they babysit safe. They discussed how being a babysitter is fun but is also a real job and that parents trust them to take the job seriously. They are looking forward to using their new knowledge and skills as they help care for younger siblings and friends.

 

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