Are there some things to have in case a child becomes ill or injured?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Robin Vick, Assistant Director of Nursing at the Continuum Pediatric Nursing Services, discusses the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home including what to have on-hand when your child gets sick.

    Host: Are there some things parents should have around the house in case their child becomes ill or injured?

    Robin Vick: The very first thing is a thermometer and in this day and age, we really don't recommend a glass thermometers any longer, they can break and also they have mercury in them which has been shown to be a very dangerous substance to have in a home setting. So no glass thermometers, but at a very small cost in a pharmacy you can come up with a digital thermometer which is a wonderful advantage to any family because they are easily read, there is no looking at little lines on a small thin thermometer. You will end up with the reading that is comes out in numbers.

    So a thermometer that can be used under the arm or in the mouth, I think is the best illness preparation tool that a family can have. In addition to that, I just recommend some just very small emergency kit and that would be a collection of bandages and an antibiotic cream, a multi-spectrum cream. If you have got any questions about what to buy, I know that either your doctor or the pharmacist at the drugstore where a family would go, would be able to make a good recommendation.

    Also a bulb syringe particularly useful for babies because they have got -- they don't have the ability to help blow there noses like older kids do and bulb syringes can help a parent to clear out a nostril or sweep out an airway if that is going to be necessary. It's important that families keep clearly posted. A lot of families like to use there refrigerator because it's a central spot, poison control numbers.

    Also that in ongoing conversations with children as soon as they are able to understand family should talk about what to do in the case of, if a sibling becomes hurt. Who to call, how to do the calling? They should know that the number of emergencies if they are by themselves is 911 and to establish that conversation early on in a family's life. Also it's helpful I know that when an emergency comes people loose the ability to remember even the most very basic information and a lot of families find that they can't remember there phone number or they can't remember the cell phone number for the other parent.

    And so posting there own phone number believe it or not on the refrigerator is also something that's very helpful and also the doctor's phone numbers, so that whoever is responding to the emergency may be it's a babysitter who will, at the top of there heads know this information, they will know where to reach it.

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