Kids are curious by nature, they have wild imaginations, boundless energy and a seemingly insatiable attraction to forbidden activities like tobogganing down the stairs, parachuting off the kitchen bench and smothering the family pet with unwelcome affection.
These things can often lead to accidents so it’s important to keep a stocked (and locked) first aid kit on hand full of the goodies you need to treat a variety of cuts, bumps, burns and bruises.
With kids, you never know what you are going to have to fish out of an orifice. When I was younger I hated eating peas but my super strict father insisted on putting them on my plate. So I did what any ingenious toddler would do, I shoved them up my nose.
It appears the apple does not fall far from the nostril-stuffing tree as I have had to retrieve numerous objects out of my kids ears and noses over recent years. I keep a pair of tweezers in my first aid kit because I’d rather not use my eyebrow shaping pair to retrieve a fermenting snot-covered corn kernel out of a blocked nose.
Splinters be gone. Image: iStock.
There is no greater FML hell than dealing with a violent bout of gastro, it’s worse still when that bout belongs to your child. There is the incessant changing of vomit-crusted sheets, the explosive stench of obliterated nappies and the often unavoidable car trip to the doctor or hospital.
Most parents are familiar with the stench of spilled milk soaked into car upholstery. Well vomit is fifty times worse. I highly recommend always keeping some chuck bags in your first aid kit to save your car from the unsalvageable stench of spew. Your child will get better, but your car may never recover from the chunder pong.
It only takes a second or two for a kid to get too close to the stove, the barbecue or your hair straightener and in my sleep deprived haze I have frequently sizzled my hand on a just-out-of-oven pot or pan.
Despite Grandma telling you to put toothpaste or butter on a burn, those things can actually make the burn worse so it’s a good idea to have some burn gel in your first aid kit. After running the burn under cool water for 20 minutes, applying a hydrogel and a bandage (see point 1) will help relieve the pain and reduce the spurting of profanities.