Be prepared for the “what ifs”…and then relax!
All week we have talked about what to do if…sometimes the “what ifs” can cause a lot of parental anxiety. I can’t promise that your child will never have a serious injury, but I can tell you that most often the bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes of childhood are not serious and can be taken care of with a little bit of TLC and a fun bandage. Being prepared to take care of these childhood mishaps and being prepared to handle the possibility of something more serious is important. Have a plan, be prepared, and then enjoy the moments keeping the “what ifs” from ruining your every day joys.
- Take a CPR class. Hospitals, the local Red Cross, and other community groups offer CPR classes for parents. Sign up for one…it takes a couple of hours and you will feel better knowing what to do in a “what if” situation. Make it a date!
- Buy or make a first aid kit for your home and your car. Be prepared with the supplies you need to take care of the little bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes and be prepared for the less likely “what if”. Make it a family affair, shop for the items, put them in the kit, and talk about basic first aid. A complete first aid kit would include:
- Aspirin (this would be for an adult if experiencing chest pain, never give aspirin to children)
- Antibiotic ointment
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Benadryl (pills for adults, liquid for children)
- Bandages in various sizes (find fun ones for kids!)
- Roll of 3 inch gauze
- Butterfly bandages
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Ace bandage
- Triangular bandage or sling
- Antiseptic towelettes
- Antibacterial hand gel
- Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
- Petroleum jelly
- Sterile eye wash and eye patch
- Instant cold pack
- Plastic bags to dispose of contaminated trash
- 2 pair of gloves
- First aid booklet
- Keep emergency numbers and health information handy including, program them into your phone:
- contact information for family doctors and dentist
- local emergency numbers
- poison control 1-800-222-1222
- contact numbers for family members and/or friends
- medical consent forms for each family member
- medical history forms for each family member which would include allergies, routine medications, and a recent weight
- Write down the cross roads nearest your home. Even with enhanced 911, sometimes there is a need for the nearest intersection and that information is difficult to retrieve in an emergency situation, or a babysitter may not know that information. If you do not have a land line and rely on your cell phone only…this is very important! Enhanced 911 will not be effective with your cell phone!
- Tell family members and anyone caring for your child where the first aid kit is! It is no help to have it if no one knows where it is! 🙂
Being prepared doesn’t mean you are expecting the worst, it is knowing that you are ready to handle the bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes of childhood and knowing that you could handle the unexpected. Be prepared…preparation is good, worry is not, preparation allows you to enjoy everyday.
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.