Be prepared

We know the list just gets longer and longer but more importantly than throwing in the 20th toy or teddy, is to think about any first aid items and products that you may need while you’re away. We know most times your heading to somewhere the sun shines and the pool glistens so here are some of our favourite products for your trip.

  • Your everyday meds – it’s a given right! But I have even been known to forget my daughters asthma medication so double and triple check you have the families everyday medication packed.
  • Mosquito repellent – They are the enemy to children, not only do many children react with a big red sore bump to the nasty bite, but they also can not cope with the constant feeling of itchiness!
  • Got bitten – despite our attempts sometimes we will be victim to the bite, so be sure to take some anti-itch product to ease the irritation and if your child is prone to getting a nasty reaction some anti-histamine would not go astray!
  • For those bruises – they are part of our healing defence but if they are bothering you and your child you could always use some of arnica cream! It’s our favourite for the everyday bump and bruise and also a handy hint – try putting them on those baggy saggy eyes after a big night drinking vinos and lots of early mornings for day trips!
  • We got a cut – The beloved BANDAID is not only good to cover up a cut but also a way to make your child feel all better and ready to go!

 

Be Water Safe

This is no time to relax by the water… WHAT?! I know, you have been dreaming of a cocktail by the pool and it will happen – I promise BUT before you do its time to know how to be water safe and set some rules.

 

  • You have booked your holiday in advance so this is the time to also book in some swimming lessons. You may not have an Ian Thorpe on your hands in a few months but at least you will be able to establish a good understanding of your child’s skills and the level of supervision required for their age group and level of skill.
  • SET THE RULES! Right, if your children are anything like mine the minute we arrived at the resort and the pool there was no stopping them. Before I had even put my bags down I swear they had bathers on and were running out the door. STOP! Before they do this is the time to sit down and set the rules and importantly stick by them. Introduce the boundaries and enforce them.
  • Keep those eyes peeled at all times,

 

SLIP SLOP SLAP and SHADE

Your out and about and sometimes all day long! So be sure to make sure that you take the sunscreen, hats and sunglasses along. Leave those little singlets and summer dresses for dinner and the sunset. During the day, although it’s hot your little ones must wear a t-shirt. Stand in the share where you can, or even invest in an umbrella – not only is it good for the wet but handy when you can escape the sun.

 

10 OTHER TOP TIPS

  1. Immunisations
  2. Pool safety and hiring a pool fence
  3. Safe Sleeping
  4. Pedestrian Safety
  5. Access to clean water
  6. Food choices while you’re away
  7. Sanitation
  8. Dehydration
  9. Travelling
  10. Car Seats!

 

Want to learn baby and child first aid? Go to www.parentmedic.co to make contact with your local Parentmedic Ambassador.

 

About the author of this article:

Nataly Tormey is the founder of The Parentmedic movement, a first-aid educator for over a decade and a registered nurse. The Parentmedic Movement is operating in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

 

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