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Warnings over private nanny hiring

AAP logoAAP 11/09/2016 David Sigston

Parents have been warned to be extra vigilant when hiring nannies, after two newborn twins Brisbane twins ended up in a coma for more than 20 hours after being left with an unregistered carer.

The twins were rushed to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital last week after their mother was unable to raise them for a night-time feed, the Courier Mail has reported.

Police have charged the 41-year-old nanny with working without a blue card and are investigating the incident.

She is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 26.

It is understood the couple hired the nanny through an online parenting group, wrongly believing she held a blue card.

Australian Nanny Association Vice President Annemarie Samson said there were steps parents should take to ensure the welfare of their children.

"We'd recommend that they either go through a professional nanny agency or be very diligent when hiring privately," she told AAP.

"They should sight a blue card, get a national police check, first aid certificates, CPR certificates, go through their references, just be very certain they know as much as possible about who they're hiring," she said.

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