Not surprisingly, the first time your child with haemophilia is placed in the care of a babysitter or attends daycare or preschool can be quite nerve wracking. However, while it’s natural to want to protect your child as much as possible, it’s important that they do not miss out on experiencing these new environments. And the good news is that most parents find they become more relaxed with their child being in the care of others over time.
When your child first starts attending daycare or preschool, or simply spending time playing at a friend’s house, your role in educating others about your child’s condition will become increasingly important. Providing this education to others will help ensure that your child is always in a safe place where his or her medical needs are clearly understood.
Here are some tips that might help you feel more comfortable when leaving your child in the care of others:
- Keep in mind that education is the best defence against misunderstanding and fear. By this time you should know a lot about your child’s condition so you should be in a good position to educate others about it. You may also like to review what educational materials are available with your Haemophilia Treatment Centre and provide these to anyone who will be caring for your child. You can also refer them to this website for more information on haemophilia and its treatment.
- When sending your child to daycare or preschool for the first time, ask someone from your Haemophilia Treatment Centre whether he or she is available to meet or speak by telephone to staff members. This will help them better understand your child’s needs and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
- Ensure that those who will be caring for your child are familiar with the signs of a bleed, how to provide immediate first aid and how to get in touch with you or your designated back-up or emergency contact person.
- Ensure that those who will be caring for your child can always reach you. Also provide the contact numbers for your Haemophilia Treatment Centre in case you cannot be reached.
- Establish clear lines of communication for caregivers and daycare staff (and later on, teachers), in case your child ever needs emergency medical attention.
The good news is that most parents find they become more relaxed with their child being in the care of others over time and become increasingly able to educate those around them about their child’s condition. And remember, if you have any questions about leaving your child in the care of others, your Haemophilia Treatment Centre should be able to assist you.
Providing this education to others will help ensure that your child is always in a safe place where his or her medical needs are clearly understood.