Nothing can prepare you for family health like becoming a parent! With experience, you will be able to overcome some of your fears, while others are going to stay with you for the whole of your life as a parent.
Over 3.5 million children visit the emergency room each year as a consequence of unintentional home injuries. While you will always worry about the health and safety of your little ones, there is a lot you can do to protect them!
Knowing the basics of first aid and putting together a comprehensive emergency kit are only two of the important tips to follow for your whole family’s health and safety. Learn more below!
Know How and When To Find Help
Undoubtedly, when you are fixing minor scratches and scrapes, you just need to know the basics of first aid interventions. And, in most cases, your knowledge and a few tips to keep your kids healthy are all you need to remedy the unintentional accidents and injuries that can happen when your little ones spend time playing at home or outdoors.
However, in some other instances – such as when your child deals with convulsion and seizures, head or spine injuries, eye injuries, fainting, or poison – you should not attempt to fix the issue with home remedies. Knowing when to call the emergency services – and what number to reach them on (911) – can make a difference between a fatal and non-fatal injury.
Find a First Aid and CPR Training Course Near You
Effective CPR interventions have been seen to save between 100,000 and 200,000 lives of children and adults per year. Of course, if you fear for the safety of your child, you should not think twice about getting in touch with the emergency services.
However, knowing what to do in an emergency can make a difference in the effectiveness of later interventions. Since there are accessible training courses anywhere in the country, you might consider joining one.
Keep Up With Your Child’s Development Phases
As a parent, you might never stop worrying about the health of your kids. But knowing what are the greatest risks to your child’s health depending on their age can make a difference.
For example, toddlers shouldn’t be left on raised surfaces and dangerous substances should be kept out of reach as your child begins to grow. Your pediatrician can tell you all you need to know about caring for your child’s health depending on their age.
Know Your Family’s Health
You might never be prepared for everything that life throws at you, but there is a lot you can expect by reviewing your family and children’s medical history. Make sure to speak with your doctor to know what to expect from your children’s health. You might even be able to put in place effective prevention measures!
Build an Emergency Kit
Building an emergency kit is essential to be prepared for most medical emergencies. Your doctor will advise you about what you should stock. Here is a basic checklist to help you get started:
- Adhesive plasters
- Antiseptic wipes and cream
- Wound dressing
- Crepe bandages
- Adhesive tape
- Scissors and tweezers
- Insect repellent
- Ice gel or pack
- Infant paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Spare medication
Make sure to keep your emergency kit safe, stocked, and up to date for your family health!