Little children always get into scrapes and no one knows this better than their mother.
Most scrapes are minor and only need home treatment and lots of kisses on the bad ‘boo-boo’. Its important to attend to such incidents fast without the hassle of rummaging through drawers and rooms for a bandage here or an ointment there. An updated first aid kit that has all the essentials is a must-have for any efficient mom. Some pharmaceutical stores will sell pre-packaged first aid kits but you can put together your own with these simple tips. Store these in an unused lunch box out of reach of children. Keeping an accessible, portable first aid kit also makes it easier to carry along on picnics and outdoor trips when bruises and cuts are most likely to happen.
* Acetaminophen and/or
* Ibuprofen (with a chart for weight-appropriate doses
and a dosage spoon)
* Band-aids (assorted shapes and sizes for knuckles,
knees and fingertips)
* Antiseptic wipes
* Antibiotic ointment
* Burn ointment
* Sterile roll gauze (in 3 and 4 inch sizes)
* First aid tape
* Bandage scissors
* Tweezers and a magnifying glass
* A first aid guidebook
Other standard medicine-chest supplies include sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and an anti-itch cream for rashes during summer. Its also a good idea to keep telephone numbers of the closest children’s hospital’s emergency services in the first aid kit, along your child’s pediatrician’s name and number, and prescriptions for any medication your child is taking.
Like charity and hygiene, safety also begins at home, and now you can rest assured that you’re all set to banish that boo-boo.
Article contributed by our newest active member, Nihal Taher.
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