Expect the frantic call. Your daughter's running late for a critical meeting. Her husband's out-of-town. The baby's too feverish for day care. And — guess what? — the emergency sitter's booked solid. You could say “no” to her plea for backup support. But when a child reaches out in a pinch, with arms flailing, an "I'll take the baby" is more likely to slip out.
If you have ongoing medical problems or are recovering from surgery, it's wise to ask your physician if exposure to certain infectious illnesses poses a special risk. The response will provide solid guidelines for when it's best not to babysit. If you're all-clear to welcome a sniffling grandchild into your home, take extra precautions to keep from catching the bug. Here are five tricks to safeguarding your health while playing nurse to your grandchild — and angel to his parents.