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Alison Rhodes, "The Safety Mom"

National Child Safety Expert, Alison Rhodes, “The Safety Mom,” is one of the country's leading child safety authorities, providing tips and advice to parents on a broad range of issues facing all children - newborns to teens.
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First Aid Kit

  • Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and rashes
  • Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors
  • Petroleum jelly to lubricate rectal thermometers
  • Hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts and scrapes
  • Antibacterial cream (Neosporin) for cuts and for scrapes
  • Tweezers for splinters and ticks; you can buy long very-pointy tweezers made specifically for removing splinters

  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • Child-safe insect repellent
  • Children's strength liquid decongestant
  • Nasal aspirator bulb (not the long, pointy ear syringe)
  • An assortment of band-aids in various sizes and shapes (cartoon characters can really help take the sting out of a boo-boo)

  • Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide)
  • Gauze pads (2x2 and 4x4 inches)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Sterilized cotton balls
  • Cotton tipped swabs
  • Mild liquid soap
  • An oral syringe or calibrated cup or spoon for administering medicines
  • A package of tongue depressors to check sore throats
  • A heating pad
  • A hot water bottle and ice pack
  • A small flashlight to check ears, nose, throat, and eyes
  • First Aid manual: Pick one that's easy to read with step by step instructions and gives advice for handling a wide range of emergencies

  • Activated Charcoal: Keep this on hand in case of accidental poisoning, but do not use it without first calling the local poison control center or your baby's pediatrician.

 

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