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What Do You Need in a Baby First Aid Kit?

When you have a baby in your home, then you need to buy the best baby first aid kit with all supplies and medicines. This specific infant first aid kit look likes something a healthcare grooming kit. You need to know about what you want to take care of a baby in day-to-day tasks such as hair brushing and nail clipping.What Do You Need in a Baby First Aid Kit?

How to make your own first aid kit?

There is a comfort in purchasing the pre-packaged baby first aid kit, but it is probable to make one on your own. Whether you make one or purchase one of the recommended kits, below are specific things to include:

  • Baby nail clippers
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Cradle cap brush
  • Baby thermometer
  • Baby comb or brush
  • Medicine dropper
  • Saline nasal drops
  • Emery gauze
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Infant acetaminophen
  • Age appropriate band aids
  • Sterile gauze
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Emergency contact card
  • Simethicone baby gas drops such as small tummies or Mylicon

Whether you want to make your own kit or want to purchase the premade first aid kits, it is a great idea to safeguard your baby.

First aid kit for babies- how to make it

Parents always do their best to take care of their babies and also to safeguard them from any injuries or ailments. Still now, it is very common for any infant to drop sick or get hurt. If your baby falls ill, you do not worry and simply take your infant to the doctor immediately for any major injury. If the problem is not extreme and can be simply dealing at home, you want to be well-prepared for it. Thus, the best baby first aid kit now always comes in handy, if your infant drops or has some other issue. Here are the checklists for making first aid kit for your infant such as:

  • Calamine lotion to take care of skin rashes
  • A thermometer, preferably a digital one, which is more convenient to use for babies
  • Paracetamol is one of the safest medicines to control pain and fever in infants
  • Analgesic and antipyretic medicines to control pain and fever
  • An ointment for burns
  • A baby nail clipper
  • The pair of scissors to cute the bandages and gauzes
  • A few pair of not reusable sterile gloves to keep hygiene while taking care of your baby’s injuries
  • A decongestant or cough syrup that is prescribed by infant’s doctor
  • Few sterile gauzes, cotton balls and sticky bandages to secure bruises and wounds
  • Measuring droppers, cups or syringes for measuring medicines

Therefore, the above mentioned are must items that you might include in your first aid kit for babies.What Do You Need in a Baby First Aid Kit?

Safety of baby first aid kit

When you are having infant, safety must be your top most concern. In fact, dealing with medicine and ill or hurt infant can sometimes make you sense like you are out of your aspect. But with a few precautions, your baby must be feeling good prompt. Here are some important ways of having best baby first aid kit safety that include:

Keep your baby first aid kid safe

Your infant first aid kit actually consists of sharp items and objects, which are not secure to ingest like antiseptic spray, medicine and petroleum jelly. So, you must keep these items out of reach from your children or better locked up, so some probing of your baby does not search your supplies.

Clean your supplies often

As a parent or caregiver, you are dealing with cuts, snot and other polluted messes, so it is very much essential to sterilize and wash your supplies before and after you utilize them. The thermometer, nail clippers and tip of your tweezers are procreation basis for bacteria, so you must use an alcohol swab on them each time.

Clean your hands often

You must always wash your hands while using items in a first aid kit, before even clipping your baby’s nails. Because your baby’s immune system is not as strengthen as yours and unclean hands can lead to sick.

Watch the dosage

You can often provide your baby acetaminophen for every 4 to 6 hours, but do not exceed four doses per day. You must always utilize a dropper that comes with medicine to obtain a perfect dosage. If your infant is lesser than three months, you can talk to your doctor to ensure it is safe.

Stay away from thick nasal bulbs

Some parents have been horrified to find mold developing within their nasal bulbs. Better to stay away from dangerous mold growth or bacteria by purchasing an aspirator, which has an apparent chamber.

Do not use any thermometer

The rectal and oral thermometers cannot be interchanged. Particularly, the rectal thermometers are made to have a tiny probe as well as a bulb that stops you from adding it too distant. You can also ensure to use the accurate thermometer before you take your baby’s temperature.

Believe your gut feeling

When it comes to minor coughs and bumps, your care might be all it takes your infant back to better health. If you are not sure what to do, you just call to a baby doctor and they will instruct you what to do.

Keep a list of emergency numbers

Along with your entire essentials, you always hold a card with emergency numbers in your first aid kit. So, you can take action immediately, if the situation needs more than what you can handle.

Conclusion

Parents might not be doctors, but they should know what best for their baby and therefore, it is very much essential to take instant medical action in case of medical emergencies happen. That is why; it is highly recommended to have best baby first aid kit for your infant without even doctor’s prescription. Safeguard your child in any situation and be prepare for anything happens accidently.

Make Today Awesome

Make Today Awesome

I was going to write about some silly post I saw floating around on Facebook. We will just save that post for another day. Instead I will keep this short and sweet and take this time to say “Don’t forget to be awesome.”  Whether you are starting a new workout routine, choosing to eat healthy, being a sloth (don’t worry I don’t judge), staying home with the kids, going to a job, working from home, or whatever you are doing with your day; just be awesome. There is so much out there that pins mom against mom. We need to stand up and say “I am awesome and I will be the best mom I can be!” So take this day by storm and BE AWESOME!!!

My Favorite Ever Fall Mantle

My Favorite Ever Fall MantleI think, in the almost three years of my children’s lives, we have collectively done about five crafts.  And I’m okay with that.

It’s not that I don’t see the value in doing crafts with my children.  It’s not that I don’t love the finished product when curious and growing little fingers explore with some paint.  It’s not that I don’t hope for them to appreciate or participate in the arts one day.

I do.

Rather, in all the running around, cooking, feeding, bottom wiping, music class attending, library trips, story times, vacuuming (sometimes), and “no not now sweetie, Mommy is busy” excuses, we just haven’t done too many crafts.

Plus, the thought of getting out all the things for the approximately two minutes that they will be interested and then cleaning up the mess that was made for approximately twenty minutes (during those two minutes of exploration)  just…well, is somehow less than motivating.

I see so many pinable crafts on Pinterest and so many moms on Facebook with their kids and crafts, and I think…”Oh, how awesome.  We need to do more crafts.”  But then, we just don’t do it.

Maybe it’s also due to the fact that I am not what you would call a “crafty” person.  At all.  While I can totally appreciate a good craft,  I cannot actually “do” a good craft.  Yes, I am craft deficient even despite the artistic gene my art major of a mother surely passed down to me.  Maybe someday it will decide to express itself.

Maybe when the twins are 21 I’ll take a painting class.

But I’ve decided that I’m going to let myself off the hook on this one.  I used to feel guilty that we were not finger painting and glitter throwing designing daily.  I think I even blogged about the one or two crafts we actually managed to pull off, as if I had to prove (to myself?) that I could do it all.

But I’ve decided instead to appreciate the fact that I actually cannot do it all and to be thankful for the village that helps me fill in the gaps.

So this is why I appreciate this mantle.

You see, I did not do a single one of these awesome creations with my children.  Instead, we proudly display the montage of art that comes home with them from preschool and Sunday school each week.

So, yes, this is my favorite ever fall mantle.

Because not only does it proudly display the beautiful crafts my little Picassos have created, but it also reminds me how thankful I am for their preschool and Sunday school teachers who do actually do these crafts.  (And they do these crafts not only with my children, but will all the children…two and three-year-olds mind you.)  They deserve a medal.

Simply put, this display is a reminder that I cannot do it all by myself.  And in accepting that fact, my mantle has become as beautiful as it has ever been.

Dear Lord, 

Thank you for the gifts you give each one of us.  Help me to appreciate and nurture the gifts you have given me, to accept that I cannot do it all, and to always appreciate the gifts you have given to others.  Help us to recognize and use our gifts to enrich the lives of one another each day. Amen.

20 Ways to Stay Active with the Kids this October

20 Ways to Stay Active with the Kids this OctoberSummer has come and gone.  The school year is buzzing along at a steady clip and I find myself missing the quality time I spent with my kids over the summer.  I know my kids are missing that time, too.  How much time does one need to reconnect with the kids?  I say 30 minutes.  30 minutes of totally blocking out the other stuff and playing together.  It might look at bit like exercise.  It might feel a bit like exercise.  But don’t be fooled, folks.  You are just PLAYING.

I crafted this one up to go with the Halloween vibe and get the kids interested.  Write the list of activities on orange and black construction paper or use white paper with orange and black markers.  Cut the paper into slips and put them into a jar or glass fish bowl.  Jazz it up with some Halloween stickers or candy corn at the bottom as a little reward – or an iTunes card if you have a media motivated kid.  Let your creative juices flow on the presentation.  Then give it your best shot as a family to empty the jar by November 1st!

The List:

  1. Sock Toss (laundry basket, socks, victory laps)
  2. Jumping Giants! (pretend giants jump and drop on command – try hopping frogs, walking penguins, crawling cats – imitate the animal up and then drop down to your belly)
  3. Yoga (grab a video at the library or check your OnDemand library)
  4. Weight Movers and Planks (using small weights or bags filled with rocks have the kids move the rocks from one side of the drive way to the other, then drop and hold a plank.  Try adding some push-ups and jumping jacks as well)
  5. Walk to collect fall leaves.
  6. Bike Ride
  7. Balloon Move and Play (hold balloons and squat, lunge, hop, jump)
  8. Cotton ball clean up race (cotton balls get thrown all over the room – race to pick them up.)
  9. Freeze Dance
  10. Hop Scotch
  11. Hide and Seek
  12. Baseball (in the yard, simple rules – hit and run.)
  13. Balloon Volley ball
  14. Pumpkin toss (bean bag toss game for kids)
  15. Red Light Green Light (walking, running, or biking)
  16. Flashlight tag
  17. Bubble chase
  18. Glow Stick toss
  19. Parents choice
  20. Kids choice

In Good Health,

Does my use of my time show what is important to me?

I am a mother of 3: a five-year old, a three-year old, and a four-month old.  Sometimes, I wonder where all my time goes.  I think most of it ends up in the hours of folding and putting away laundry.  As I try to figure out how to manage my time with a semi-new baby in the family, I often feel like I get nothing done.

Even though I feel like I have no time, my husband and I have found some hours in our busy schedules to coordinate Financial Peace University class.  In the class, participants learn about budgeting their money, making smart purchases, and saving for their futures.  This may seem like a whopping subject change, but there is a point.  When you make a budget, Dave Ramsey has you classify your spending to show you where you spend your money.  If you have never done it, I truly encourage you to do it.  It is eye-opening to see how much money you spend on food, eating out, and other frivolous expenses.  Dave talks about where you spend your money shows what your values are.  That is a powerful statement and so true. So I began to wonder: If where I spend my money is a powerful statement of what I value, can the same be said about my time?

Where do I spend my time?  I realized that too often I find myself getting caught in the trap of saying, “I don’t have time for that.” As I thought about it more, I realized that phrase was an excuse.  I have been given a set number of hours in my day. I can fill my day with doing things of value or waste them doing things that don’t matter.  When I said, “I don’t have time for that” what I really meant “That is not a priority to me.” Whether it be at this point in time, today, tomorrow, or ever.

My husband and I recently came up with a Top 5 list to help us think through a tough decision of where to live.  It’s the top 5 areas in our life that are the most important to us.   What were those top five things?  1. Financial Freedom 2. Family  3. Church 4. Friends 5. Cost of Living (A side note:  As a Christian woman, you think I should put God as number one, but part of the reason goes like this.  #3 is more of indication of our role in our church home factors in our life.  If we don’t have financial freedom and aren’t debt free, we will never get to enjoy our family like we want to.  We will never to give to our church like we want to.  We will never get to share in experiences with our friends like we want to.  God definitely has a presence in all of these parts.  God is not ranked as number 3.)

If these are the Top 5 things in my life that are important to me, then I shouldn’t be wasting my time on Facebook or playing Candy crush.  Even though I do admit I love those things and they may have their place in my life, they shouldn’t consume me.  Cleaning isn’t in my top five, although I do spend a lot of time doing it.  But I find myself telling my children, “I can do that after I finish this” or “I can’t do that right now” when they want me to do something for them or play with them.  I need to remember: My children are in my Top 5 not cleaning.  Maybe that revelation should tell me where I should spend my time.

While my kindergartener was at school this past week, my three-year old asked me if I would help him make a helicopter show.  I had three huge baskets of laundry staring me in the face with another two large hampers of dirty laundry waiting to be done.  I told him, “I would love to play, but mommy needs to take a shower first.”  (What was I telling him? Playing is not my priority.  Mommy’s cleanliness is.)  After my shower, I let the baby have some time on his play mat, and I focused all my attention on my three-year old.

This was the scene.  I was told we were going to make a helicopter show.  I was completely confused, as I had no clue as to what a helicopter show was or even looked like.  I decided to let go and let his imagination take me away.  I was given a very detailed explanation of where the blocks should go.

As the show started to take place this was the scene.

Does my use of my time show what is important to me?

And by the end, this was our creation.Does my use of my time show what is important to me?

What a blessing to be taken out of my rigidity of cleaning and housework to spend some time just playing. (I admit, though; I still felt guilty.)  I know it is important to play with my kids, but sometimes I get carried away with all the other things bombarding me in life that I forget what is really important.  I forget what means the most for me is where I should spend my time.

~Colleen

So my prayer for this week:

Dear God,

Help me to learn what is truly valuable to me.

Help to me to make time for things that are a priority to me.

Help me to find balance.

Thank you for the moments of imagination, creativity, and play.

Let me be a good steward of time so I can complete your good works.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

A Prayer for Change

This week, Pastor Sherry closed the adult Sunday school class on discernment with a beautiful and powerful prayer.  The prayer, written by 12-year-old Mary Katherine Lidle the day before a car accident that would claim her life, can be found in the book, Open the Door, by Joyce Rupp.  Many of us were moved by these words and wanted to continue to reflect on their meaning.

Look at me—
I’m walking through a door
My life is changing and it’s just perfect now
No more doors for me
They’re too hard to get through
I’m staying here where it’s safe—

No, child,
Those doors are a part of you
You can’t ignore them
‘Cause they’re there
You’ve got to go through them
Who knows what you’ll find
You’ve got to meet their trial
If you don’t, you won’t be what you should become
There are always gonna be doors and you
Can’t stop ‘em from comin’
You’ve got to go through them to grow
It’s called change
Look at the wildflower; it changes all the time
Always blossoming or closing up, sprouting or withering
You’re scared to go through those doors
Into the unknowing, “into change”
You don’t know what’s going to happen
You don’t know what change is going to bring
Listen to me
Go through those doors with hope
Go through those doors knowing change is the future
And you’re part of it
You don’t know what change is, that’s why
You’re scared
Change is the sun booming over the horizon
Scattering rays of hope to a new day
Change is a baby lamb meeting the world for its first time
Change is growing from a young child to a young woman
Change is beautiful; you will learn to love it.

Maybe It will Do the Trick

Often I am scrolling through the endless Facebook conversation and I come across someone’s status that reads something like this:

“Maybe this fitness challenge will do the trick…” or “Maybe this squat challenge will do the trick.”

There is no trick.  There is no fast track to health and fitness. There is no fitness challenge, nor any number of squats that will make you skinny for the rest of your life.

There is only choice.

You must choose to make the person you want to be, the person that you are. If you want to be fit and healthy, that is a daily choice. Every day you wake up and you choose to brush your teeth, you choose to wear a specific outfit, and you choose to apply makeup in a certain way. When you get to the kitchen – the choice to be healthy that day begins. Every day is the same. We make the choices to take care of ourselves and give our bodies what they need – or we make unhealthy choices.

I have a dessert issue. I think about chocolate every day. I go on stretches of not buying it. Then I’ll make brownies “for the kids” and eat one a day until they are gone. I beat myself up about chocolate: The love of chocolate vs. the hate of cellulite. It’s my little internal, daily, debate. I want to let it go. I want to get control of the debate. Of course, I could make it easier on myself and stop buying chocolate entirely. Every night when my chocolate clock goes off, I could easily say, “Too bad. Nothing here to eat made of chocolate.”

Like everyone, I have to make these choices, too. Therefore, I know these are not easy choices, every day and every meal. When I am defeated at night, and I eat ice cream, I know tomorrow I can try again. The next meal is another opportunity for a good choice. But I have stopped hoping for a miracle fitness challenge to change me, and I have accepted my role on my path toward health and fitness. I think of it as the biggest fitness challenge of all: daily healthy choice.

In good health,
Mel

The Giving Game

Following the sermon on generosity Sunday, I found myself reflecting quite a bit on how we are called as parents to give.  Without ceasing.  Every day.  How often do we feel drained at the end of the day because we have given and given and given. We often feel that there is not enough to go around.

Anyone else feel like it’s a continuous game of “zone” defense?   You know, when the giver is often outnumbered by the takers?

What…you don’t have little takers running around the house?

Mama, I need milk.
Mama, up?
Mama, need napkin.
Mama, need ‘nuggles? (Ok, so this one doesn’t count as “taking”…am I right?)
Mama….waaaawaawaw!!!!  I got ooowwie!!!
Mama, brother needs time out!
Mama, do puzzles?
Mama, I like watch songs?
Mama, let’s do “Happy Day” again?
Mama, I tired.
Mama…

…and the list goes on.

One morning this week, it felt like an hour from the time I got the boys up, changed their diaper, negotiated clothing options, put on chosen attire, loaded up the cadre of stuffed animal friends and blankies, carried our seriously tough looking posse down the stairs, flipped on Curious George, cut up the bananas, toasted the waffles, chose the correct colored plates and character-themed milk cups, rinsed the blueberries, selected the yogurt flavor of the day, called the crew up to the breakfast table, snapped them in, pushed them in, presented 3 different spoon options…to the time I finally sat down to a quick bite of banana for myself.

Of course, the exact moment my rear hit the seat…

Mama, I need more milk?

Deep breath.

You need more milk _____ ? 

Peees. Definitive nod.

Ok, sweetie. Just a minute.

How often do we give so much of ourselves as parents that we forget to nourish ourselves.  I will be the first to admit I do not always give with joy and gratitude in my heart every.single.minute.  It is hard.  I’m often exhausted.  I often want to throw a pity party for myself.

I remember talking to a dear friend shortly after my boys were born.  She had just had her third child, and I had just gone from exactly zero to two.  I was overwhelmed and trying to pick her brain to see how she managed with three.  She told me something that still resonates with me…

The first child is the hardest.  That is when you learn to become a parent.  You learn to be selfless.  The rest are a piece of cake after that.

Two-and-a-half years later, I think it’s safe to say I’m still working on that selfless thing.

So, I’m grateful for the current sermon series on generosity.  I know I need this reminder of the connection between a parent’s love for a child and God’s love for all of us.  Maybe for some of us, it is when we constantly give of ourselves to our children that we come closest to mirroring God’s love for us.  (Talk about zone defense. I think two-on-one at times is tough!) 

And, while my kids are just toddlers and rarely sit me down to express their most sincere thanks for a perfectly toasted waffle, I imagine that, for most of us, our generosity goes without thanks many days.  Perhaps we, as adults, can do a better job of being grateful for the constant giving we receive.   Maybe that gets us one step closer to that “selfless” thing.  One step at a time.

Dear Lord, Thank you for always giving.  Help us to pass along your Gift to others in our life.  Amen. 

~Holli

How Far Would You Go??

The latest selection of the PUMC Women’s Book Club is “Defending Jacob” by William Landay and it was a GREAT read in my opinion!  Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I love whodunnits.  I often don’t even care how badly they are written or even what they are written about.  I am a terrible guesser of endings and I love surprises.  And a surprise is what you get with this book (if you guessed how this one would end, please leave me a message without spoiling it for others)!

“Defending Jacob” is a story of a family of three; a devoted mother, an assistant DA father, and a 14 year old son named Jacob.  A classmate of Jacob has been murdered and the circumstantial evidence is pointing to Jacob even though he insists he is innocent.  I was drawn to the reactions of the parents and found myself imagining what would I do.  How much evidence would it take to make me believe my child guilty?  How far would I go to defend my child in the face of that evidence?  How much do we overlook in our kids?  What do other people think about my kids – right or wrong?

This is a story of family relationships and how they can be put to the test.  How everything can change in the blink of an eye.  How we can be crippled by scrutiny or we can rise to the challenge of it.  How we can put blinders on in our single minded devotion, but it is nearly impossible to know the absolute truth.  How as parents, we do the best we can to make the right choices.  It makes you think!  Put it on your summer reading list and enjoy!

For the Love of Candy

My children got a lot of candy this past Easter.

A. lot.

They got candy at the church Easter egg hunt. They got candy from the Easter Bunny. They got candy from their uncle and from loved ones we consider family. They got candy from their grandparents. To be honest, it’s way too much candy.

After the Easter festivities, I caught a glimpse into the secret world of grandmothers. My mother was recalling a telephone conversation she had with a fellow grandmother and friend. The friend asked my mom, “Does Kathy allow you to give your granddaughters candy?” While I inwardly cringed every time my kids came home with more candy, I realized there’s a bigger picture to be seen.

When it is not Easter, Christmas, or their birthdays, I monitor how much candy my children eat. Before they get dessert, they know they have to finish the vegetables and protein on their plate. They get plenty of exercise and drink water or milk. I’m trying to teach and model for the kids about balance, moderation, and being strong and healthy.

But in those special moments when my girls get boat loads of candy from family and friends, I remember that this is how they show my kids that they are loved. It’s not that candy = love. It’s in the giving of the candy that my girls are being shown that they are loved.

In fact, eating is the first way a baby learns to be loved, nurtured, and cared for. Feeding a child is the first way the parents show their love. The baby learns to trust from the simple act of being fed. Gayle Felton writes, “For [a baby], the connection between being loved and being given food and drink is real.”[1]

We, too, experience that connection between being loved and being given food and drink when we take communion. We participate in a sacred tradition in which we remember Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. We experience God’s grace and forgiveness. We are nourished by the bread and wine and sent out into the world to share God’s transforming love with our neighbors. In the United Methodist tradition we celebrate an open communion table. ALL are invited and that includes children! They might not understand what communion is all about, and to be honest, I don’t exactly either; it is a holy mystery! But what children can understand is the connection between the breaking of the bread, the drinking of the wine, and the experience of love.

So back to my mom’s friend’s question: “Does Kathy allow you to give your granddaughters candy?” My answer is a big, loud YES because I know that is how our extended family and loved ones show their love to my two biggest blessings. And I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone of that.