5 Most Common Home Emergencies and How to Prepare
Whether it’s a skinned knee, sprained ankle or a fever…every busy family home needs a good first aid kit.
For any busy and active family, a first aid kit is a home essential. Whether it’s a skinned knee, a fever or even a headache brought on by too much screen time, injuries and illnesses are an inevitable part of day-to-day life. Here are some of the most common home emergencies and the items to help you feel prepared.
1. Burns and scalds
Burns and scalds are one of the most common home injuries and first response at home can make a real difference. Cooling the burn with cool or lukewarm water will help lower the temperature of the skin and a sterile nonstick bandage or gauze in your first aid kit helps to cover the burn.
2. Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains are part-and-parcel of childhood. The Mayo Clinic recommends the simple acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevate treatment. Making sure you having some ice packs ready in the freezer is also a must.
3. Cuts and bruises
For active children, cuts and bruises unfortunately often come with the territory. Although some soothing words and a cuddle with mom or dad goes a long way, make sure you also have some first aid essentials at your fingertips. These should include antibiotic or petroleum jelly, alcohol-free cleansing wipes and an assortment of different size bandages.
4. Symptoms of too much screen time
In addition to the traditional injuries of bruises and sprains, recent research shows that 1 in 10 schoolchildren suffer from migraines, with some experts attributing this to a rise in screen time. If your little one is struggling with a headache, a cool, moist cloth across their forehead or eyes can help to ease symptoms along with some child-friendly pain-killers in small dosages as advised by the manufacturer.
5. Fevers and temperatures
Last but not least, when fever strikes you need a reliable thermometer. High temperatures can be worrying, so you need the most effective tool to take an accurate reading. Braun has an assortment of thermometers that provide several options for taking an easy to use accurate reading quickly to help you to decide the best next steps for you and your family.
More information on which thermometer is right for your family can be found here.