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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Accidents happen

Accidents happen.  It was so traumatic when my oldest (who was 1 1/2 at the time) tripped and fell against the outside corner of a wall and cut open her forehead, needing several stitches.  Head wounds really bleed!  I don't think a mom is ever prepared to see her child suffer but there are things you can do to help lessen the pain...if only emotionally.

This seems to be a common theme I have but I'll say it again...the most important thing you can do for your child is to remain calm.  You might be freaking out inside but you need to show your child a calm and in-control exterior.  He is upset enough.  It will only make things worse for him to see his mother panicky.  No matter how scared you are,  talk calmly and soothingly and reassure him that everything will be all right.

Even big kids get owies!
Always keep a first aid kit at home and in your car.  Restock it every year and replace items that have expiration dates.

Enter the phone numbers of your doctor and hospital and other emergency professionals into your cell phone.  You never know when you might need them.

Keep a supply of red washcloths to clean up cuts and scrapes.  Some children (and parents) are especially bothered by the sight of blood.  Red washcloths will make it not quite so obvious. 

Any time you are in doubt about the seriousness of your child's injury, call your doctor and get her advice.  It's better to err on the side of caution when dealing with the health of your family.


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