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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

Many mothers may not realize that along with taking on the name of Mommy, they will also earn the title Dr. Mom. Yes, at some point in your mothering career you will heal the sick and bandage the wounded with lots of tender loving care. To make the job of Dr. Mom easier in the coming months, you can create a baby friendly first aid kit. The time to assemble your kit is before your baby arrives. You'll be ready for those first boo-boos and ouchies without having to make a trip to the drug store. Assembling a first aid kit geared specifically for your baby will give you the peace of mind knowing you have anything you could possibly need for an emergency together in one place and at your fingertips.

Prepackaged first aid kits are widely available. They're economical and contain many of the essential items, but no one commercial product will contain everything you need for your baby. One easy way to build a first aid kit is to start with the prepackaged kit and add the extra items you will require for your baby.

You may want to have a large kit assembled for your home and then create mini-kits for your purse, a backpack, the diaper bag, and one for the car for when you travel with your baby. All kits need to be stored in a box that latches (lunch or tackle box) or a zippered bag, and out of baby's reach. Well, the most important items in your baby's first aid kit may actually be names and numbers to use in case of an emergency. Securely tape, glue, or sew the following contact information inside your kit:

Emergency Information
  • Your doctor's name and information including any after-hours or emergency numbers
  • Hospital name and address
  • List of any special health alerts (diabetic, high blood pressure, medical allergies, etc.)
  • The number for the Poison Control Center
  • The number for the local police, fire station and rescue squad
  • Phone numbers of your partner, family members or friends
  • The numbers of your two closest neighbors in case you need immediate assistance, such as help to care for an older child or a ride to the hospital

Here are the must-haves for your baby's first aid kit:
  • Infant/child thermometer (digital, ear or rectal)
  • Children and infant's non-aspirin liquid pain reliever (Children's Tylenol or Advil), as recommended by your pediatrician

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