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Risks and Dangers with Babysitters – Poor Judgment and Shortcuts

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In South Carolina and other states, parents rely on babysitters,schools, and day care centers to supervise their children when parents are working or otherwise unable to be with their children. In most instances, the babysitter is diligent and conscientious. The children are well cared for and they are kept safe and free from dangers. Unfortunately, at times, children are put at risk for serious personal injuries or medical complications when a babysitter uses poor judgment or tries to take short cuts when babysitting or supervising children. In Horry County, South Carolina, it was reported that a babysitter gave a 4 year old Xanax. The child was given this medication in an attempt to ge the child to nap / sleep on New Year’s Eve.

The child was seriously affected by the medication and the mother drove home to intervene. Thereafter, the child was taken to Seacoast Medical Center for evaluation, care, and treatment. The babysitter was later arrested for unlawful neglect of a child. Blood work at the hospital detected the Xanax in the child’s blood stream. It does not appear that the child suffered any permanent injuries from the ingestion of the medication; however, the dangers and risks were there. For more information, see Babysitter Admits to Giving Child Xanax.

Medications should never be given to a child without a proper medication or without a medical reason for giving the child th medicaton. When a child is supervised by a babysitter, day care center, school, or others, it is important to provide the child with a safe and clean environment. To the extent possible, medications, alcohol, chemicals, and poisons should be locked up and kept out of the reach the children and any unauthorized individuals.

The book titled -The ABCs of Chid Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Homeowner’s Insuance, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Medical Care / Medical treatment and other topics. If a child suffers an injury as a result of the negligence or fault of others, the book has information that a parent can use to determine how to handle the various issues or questions that arise with child injuries. A parent or other concerned person can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

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