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Checklist for Keeping Your Child Healthy & Safe

Checklist for keeping your child healthy and safe both at home and awayMany children look to their parents for their basic necessities like shelter, food, clothing, access to medical care, and more. As a parent, you do so much to maintain your children's well-being, yet you might not always be right there to monitor their health and safety. Co-parents, in particular, may find themselves grappling with this matter. Whether your child is at home or on-the-go, there are measures that you can take to help ensure that their needs are being met. Consider this checklist for keeping your child healthy and safe even when you can't be there.

  • When you're parenting from separate homes, communicate with your co-parent in regards to your child's needs. Stay in touch about your child's routine and any medical-related matters that arise such as colds, injuries, or trips to the doctor. 
  • Know your plan for handling medical-related decisions and payments for your child. For co-parents, these details often come up as elements to include in a parenting plan. If you're in the process of drafting your plan, you'll find important topics to consider relating to managing your child's medical care after divorce here.
  • If both you and your co-parent share the responsibility of making medical decisions for your child, find a secure way to share any vital information with each other such as insurance details, prescription information, and incident reports. Keep these details as up to date as possible so that you both have access to the most current medical information available for your child.
  • Inform your child's teachers, coaches, parents of their friends, and other adults in their lives of any allergies or other health conditions you child has. This will help those adults to do their best to keep your child healthy and safe when in their care. If possible, keep this information with your child wherever they go. If your child or teen happens to have an iPhone, there is a very simple way to keep their medical history and important health details from within their phone using the "Health" application. In the event of an emergency, this could prove to be vital.
  • Teach your child healthy habits like how to properly wash their hands or simple first-aid procedures. Additionally, model healthy habits in your home so that your child is more apt to take on the behavior them self. 
  • When seeking child care, enlist help from trusted individuals. It might be extended family members, close friends, or even a babysitter or nanny that you found online or had recommended to you by a friend. Before your child is left in someone else's care, observe this person with your child so that you can get an idea of how well they will do together on their own. If you're hiring someone that you don't know to babysit your child or are bringing your child to a child care facility, do some research to get to know the background of the individual or the facility. Talk to your co-parent about decisions concerning child care, and always tell your co-parent who will be caring for your child when either of you cannot be there. You may also want to review your parenting plan in case there are specifics about whom your child can and cannot be in the care of when either of you cannot be there. 

While this checklist includes several tips to help you keep your child healthy and safe, there is always more to consider. Think about your child, their needs, and your family's needs as you take measures to ensure their safety and well-being as they grow.