Preparing For Medical Emergencies With Kids

When you have kids, you know that you never know what's going to happen in a 24-hour period. One moment, the kids could be sitting around playing a nice little board game together, you turn your back, and before you know it, the middle child has managed to get the dice lodged in his nose. Now what? Living with kids means planning for emergencies. Here, you'll find a few things to keep around the house to help you treat injuries and illnesses while you work to get the injured or ill party to an emergency health care facility.

Fully Stocked First Aid Kit

Most homes have first aid kits, but many of those first aid kits have been picked at and stripped of a lot of the stuff that you'll need to treat emergent injuries. When you use something out of the first aid kit, write a note and stick it on your fridge. You need to put back anything that you use, or you won't have it when you need it again.

Check your first aid kit at least once each month to make sure that things aren't being taken and not replaced.

Know Where to Go

When your kid is suffering from some sort of medical emergency, the last thing you want to be doing is googling for a place to take him or her for treatment. This is why you need to take some time during a non-emergency and map out the different emergency health centers in your area.

The good news is, there are a lot of urgent care facilities for you to choose from. They are becoming the go-to for many families when medical needs arise outside of the normal hours of their own doctor's offices. You will need to note the hours of each practice so that you know when and where to take your kid no matter what time of the day it is.

Have an Emergency Plan

Do you have a plan in place in case you have to take one kid in for emergency treatment but have a house full of others? If you're friends with a neighbor that you can trust with your kids, talk with them about sending the kids to their house to stay if there is a medical emergency. Knowing what you'll do with the rest of the kids while you treat one will help to remove some of the stress from the situation.

Hopefully, these tips will help to make treating medical emergencies with your kids a little easier to handle.