Nanny Tax Season

Traditional Health Insurance Versus a Health Savings Account Some of the advantages to a Health Savings Account (HSA) are that the contributions to an HSA are tax deferred, the interest it accumulates is tax deferred, and when funds are withdrawn for qualified medical expenses, no taxes are due on those withdrawals. So, there is no […]

UNDERSTANDING PEDIATRIC ILLNESSES

Nanny and Au Pair Health Care SeriesBy Anne Merchant, Author of The Nanny Textbook Anytime nannies have questions or concerns about the health of the children left in their care, caregivers should discuss it with medical professionals or pediatricians. If the concerns are related to teething pain or a minor rash, the children’s parents or […]

ARE THE KIDS REALLY SICK OR JUST OVERTIRED OR STRESSED-OUT?

AU PAIR & NANNY HEALTH CARE SERIESAll nannies and au pairs hate it when their charges are feeling bad: cranky, complaining, crying, or whining. It’s annoying when children don’t listen, complain they are sick when they aren’t, or refuse to obey even the simplest routine requests. But, often when children are cranky or complain of […]

WHAT TO IGNORE

Nanny & Au Pair Health Care Series There is a barrage of information aimed at consumers offering health care advice. Which sources should a nanny follow and which should a nanny ignore? A prudent consumer is skeptical about claims made in advertising. But it is not always easy to discern advertising from pure reporting. Increasingly, […]

READING CHILDREN’S MEDICINE LABELS

How Nannies and Au Pairs Should Administer Medicines to Children Parents, family, nannies, and au pairs devote themselves to the welfare of children. Yet, even with love and devotion, 80 percent of deaths of children under five-years of age are avoidable. More than half of those deaths are caused by mistakes in the administration of […]

NANNY & AU PAIR HEALTH CARE SERIES

The Difference Between KNOW and NO Have you left the doctor’s office uncertain of exactly what the diagnosis is, what tests were done, and what current and future treatment is recommended? Whether for yourself or for your charges that is unacceptable. Know what was done, why it was done, and what to expect when you […]