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Taking Care of Boo Boos: How New Parents Can Take Care of Their Kids After They Have an Accident

As a new parent, every little bump and scrape is going to alarm you, but following these basic guidelines will assist you in helping your child when accidents and incidents do occur. Some tips and suggestions on how to handle these mishaps include:

Be Proactive

The statement “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is definitely true. Check your home thoroughly for ways to prevent mishaps. A liner on the bottom of your tub or shower can prevent nasty falls. Railings can be added to outdoor steps. The yard can be treated for unwanted insects and other pests. Fencing in your home will prevent neighborhood pets from wandering into your yard and biting your child. Special “grit” can be added to slippery tile to prevent falls. Always supervise your children when they are on playground equipment, at home or elsewhere. Being aware of the hazards in your own home and correcting them is the first step in preventing harm to your child.

Be Prepared

Always have several complete first aid kits on hand. Keep one in each of your vehicles, at your summer home, in your house, and even at the grandparents’ homes. They should be complete with antibiotic creams, bandages, Q-tips, ice packs, eye washes, and more. Restock them as needed. It is also a good idea to tape emergency numbers on the inside of the kit for easy and quick access to medical assistance no matter where you are. Know where these kits are located in your church, school, or daycare, so you or staff members can get at them quickly and easily.

Be “In the Know”

Always be aware of the hazards in your part of the country. In Texas, it may be snakes and fire ants. In Minnesota, it is mosquitoes and frostbite. In California and Florida, it may be water safety concerns. Having this information will leave you much better prepared to deal with any emergency, large or small. Read up on safety and first aid techniques. Take a class on CPR and how to use an AED machine. Learn how to do the Heimlich maneuver. When “boo boos” turn into major incidents, you will be so much more confident in your ability to deal with the situations.

React Immediately

Even if the “boo boo” seems minor, react quickly. The child needs reassurance that he is going to be just fine. A cartoon band aid, ice pack, or just a kiss may be all that is needed to calm and sooth him. But sometimes something that appears to be minor can turn into a much bigger problem. For example, your child may be playing outside and come back in with tiny puncture wounds or bumps on his legs. Although they may appear to be minor, they could also be snake bites or even spider bites. Also keep an eye on rashes; they can be a simple reaction to an element or a sign of something much more serious.

Ask the Experts

When something appears to be of an unknown origin or has multiple symptoms, it is time to call in the experts. For example, if your youngster steps on a bed of fire ants and then develops a raging fever, there may be much bigger issues that you may need to deal with. As stated earlier, have emergency numbers posted where anyone can find them if need be.

Keeping children safe at all times isn’t an easy task, and eventually a minor or major accident will befall them. Knowing how best to react to the situation is the key to preventing major issues. Review the preceding tips often so you can feel well prepared to assist your child with any type of accident.

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