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5 Most Common Home Emergencies and How to Prepare

5 Most Common Home Emergencies and How to Prepare
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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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Choosing the right fever thermometer for your family

Choosing the right fever thermometer for your family

Choosing the right thermometer can seem daunting with so many available, here’s an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide to choosing the right one for your family’s needs.

As a parent, you can’t stop your family from getting sick, but you can be prepared to care for them when they’re feeling under the weather. With a whole host of options available, choosing the right fever thermometer for your family’s needs isn’t always as straightforward as it should be, that’s why we’ve created a guide to make it a little easier.

Ear Thermometers

  Braun ThermoScan 7

How do ear thermometers work?

The ear is a good site for temperature measurement because it reflects the core temperature of the body1. Body temperature is regulated by the hypothalamus2, which shares the same blood supply as the tympanic membrane3. This means changes in core body temperature are usually detected sooner in the tympanic membrane than other areas. 

Which one should I choose?

All Braun infrared ear thermometers feature ThermoScan technology, which measure heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue to give an accurate temperature on an easy to read digital display in seconds. With three different models available, your family is in good hands when it comes to measuring temperature.

Non-Contact Thermometers

 Braun No touch + forehead

How do take a thermometer without touching?

Non-Contact thermometers are a quick and fuss-free way of measuring a child’s temperature. They measure the infrared heat waves emitted thru the surface of the skin.  This method is more gentle than other types of measurements because you don’t have to touch to get a reading.  It is a great choice when children are sleeping and ideal for newborns and young children, who may find in-ear thermometers off-putting.  With this type of measurement location it is important to read the instructions as the measurements can be influenced by air temperature, sweating or other factors.

Why should I choose it?

The Braun No touch + forehead with clinically proven accuracy offers two modes, touch and no touch, to provide complete flexibility when it comes to measuring temperature. With a proximity sensor, which indicates the correct distance, and a color-coded display, which conveys normal temperature, fever or a high fever, accurate readings can be achieved with ease.

Additional features include a backlight that is also great for nighttime readings and includes a silent mode for sleeping children, so you can monitor their temperature without disturbing their rest.

Forehead Thermometers

 Braun forehead

How do forehead thermometers work?

Similar to non-contact thermometers, a forehead thermometer is a quick and fuss-free way of measuring a child’s temperature that measures the infrared heat waves emitted thru the surface of the skin.  The main difference is that you need to gently touch the center of the forehead to take a reading.  It is a great choice for young squirmy children that are feeling under the weather. 

Why should I choose it?

The Braun forehead thermometer provides clinically proven accuracy with a simple touch of the forehead.  The color coded display helps convey normal temperature, fever or high fever providing reassurance as you interpret the temperature reading.  Additional features include memory recall of the last reading and the ability to read in Fahrenheit or Celsius

Digital stick thermometers

 Vicks digital stick

How does this type of thermometer work?

Digital stick thermometers offer flexibility when taking temperatures, as you can use them under the arm, orally, or rectally allowing you to pick the best method that suits both you and your little one. Using a flexible tip, they can measure temperature accurately for ease of mind.

Braun does not offer a digital stick thermometer but we recommend using the Vicks branded digital stick thermometers.  They are all clinically accurate, provide a color coded fever guidance and provide fast readings.

Whether you’re after a certain type of thermometer, looking to support your baby’s health or searching for a solution for the whole family, Braun’s product offering provides several options to suit a variety of needs providing professional accuracy for peace of mind.

1 Guyton A C, Textbook of Medical Physiology, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2016, p 919.
2 Guyton A C, Textbook of Medical Physiology, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2016, p 754-5.
3 Netter H F, Atlas of Human Anatomy, Novartis Medical Education, East Hanover, NJ, 1997, pp 63, 95.

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Battling family flu symptoms

Battling family flu symptoms

With children and babies particularly susceptible to flu, learn how to keep your family healthy this winter.

As we head into winter, you might not be surprised to find yourself suffering with common flu symptoms. With over 200 common cold viruses and thousands of flu viruses around, most people will fall ill at some point over the winter period.

Researchers from the Imperial College London found that most adults will only suffer from flu twice in a decade, however, it’s thought that children are much more prone to picking up the virus. With this in mind, it’s important to flu-proof your family, particularly if you have more than one child in the household.

As cute as your little ones can be, they are super spreaders of respiratory infections. So, while we might find ourselves bedbound for a day or two when the flu hits, it can be much more serious for babies and toddlers with research showing that those with one older sibling are more than twice as likely as only-children to be hospitalized with flu, and three times more likely if they have more than one brother or sister.

For any parent, seeing your little one unwell can be a worrying time. Although babies under six months old are unable to receive the flu vaccine because their immune system is still developing, there are other ways you can protect little ones. Help to keep your family feeling healthy and happy during the cough and cold season by learning how to minimize the risk of infection in your home, especially when it comes to siblings.

1. Get vaccinated

Keep hydrated: drink little and often

For babies who are born between July and December, the risk of catching flu is higher as they are still very young at the start of flu season. If you have the option, getting the vaccination yourself while still pregnant can help to protect young babies from infection.

If you have children over the age of two, they can receive the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray which will help to protect them from getting the flu and also from passing it on to younger members of the family.

2. Encourage good hygiene

Keep hydrated: drink little and often

When you’ve got a busy family and one child is unwell, it can be difficult to catch them when they cough or sneeze before they touch your little one or start playing with toys. Flu is very infectious, so it’s important to as well as washing hands regularly catch the flu virus in tissues and to wash with soap and warm water to help prevent it from spreading.  Try making up a song to encourage younger children to follow these simple steps. Seeing this as a fun game with mummy or daddy singing along will mean they are much more likely to take part.

3. Focus on your cleaning

Keep hydrated: drink little and often

Trying to look after sick children and keeping the house clean is a hard task. To stop germs from spreading in the home, try to focus your cleaning efforts on the areas where they are more likely to spread to other members of the family, and in particular your baby. Wash hard or plastic toys and pop any soft toys in the washing machine. Clothes should also be washed at 60 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate germs.

4. Humidify

Keep hydrated: drink little and often

It is well known that humidifiers are useful to soothe the symptoms of colds by adding moisture to the air which can help soothe dry tickly coughs. However, humidifiers can also play a role in protecting your child from the flu in the first place.

By maintaining the moisture levels between 40-60% in your baby’s room, humidifiers can keep the air at optimal levels for reducing the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air.

Help! I think my baby has the flu.

If you think your baby may have the flu, this will naturally be a very worrying time for you. Flu symptoms can be quite similar to the symptoms of other illnesses, such as a cold. However, if your baby gets a fever, it’s important to seek medical advice.

Thankfully, taking your baby’s temperature needn’t add to your worry, as Braun ThermoScan® 7 Ear thermometer with Age Precision® offers age-adjustable fever guidance which takes the guesswork out of interpreting a child’s temperature. What’s more, by using the Braun disposable probe covers or the Braun No touch + touch thermometer, you can also safely check the temperature of other family members without worrying about transferring germs from one to another.

Not only will taking your baby’s temperature help put your mind at ease, but it will also ensure your baby receives the help that he or she needs to return to their happy, healthy self. Always trust your instincts and during the winter season when flu is more common, don’t forget to look after yourself too!

Braun ThermoScan 7 with Age Precision

Braun ThermoScan 7 with Age Precision

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