Things You Can Do
Talk to Your Caregiver About Safety
Make sure your caregiver knows:
- How to safely help your baby stop crying (see the
Your Baby’s First 6 Months page in this guide). Ask the caregiver to call you if your baby cannot stop crying.
- When to call Emergency Services (9-1-1).
- When to call Poison Control. See the
Baby Safety page of this guide.
- How to prevent choking and what to do if your child chokes. See the “To Prevent Choking” section of the
Starting Solid Food page in this guide.
Give Your Caregiver Important Information
- Phone numbers for both parents and for someone to call in an emergency.
- The name and phone number of your child’s doctor.
- Your child’s health insurance number.
- How to store and heat your breastmilk or formula.
- Your child’s special health needs, allergies or medicines.
Look for High-Quality Child Care
Quality First to find out what makes a child care program good. You can also use this site to find quality programs throughout Arizona.
When Your Baby Is Sick
Do not take your baby to child care when she is sick. Ask your employer if you can use your own sick leave to care for your sick baby. Or arrange for a relative or friend to stay with your baby when she is sick. Find out if there is a sick-child child care center in your area. Some employers will help pay for this. Some employers offer sick-child child care on-site.
If You Suspect Bad Treatment
Your baby cannot tell you if he is being mistreated or ignored. If you are concerned about bruises, or your baby seems hungry or dirty, contact
Childhelp or the
Arizona Child Abuse Hotline.