There are a few things you want to have in your home and car at all times. My list is pretty simple: Number one is music. What is life without a soundtrack to live it by? The next item is food, because being hungry is probably my most dangerous state, and the final item is a First Aid Kit.
Ask anyone how important this last item is after they’ve dealt with “Hungry Jeni.”
Everyone should have a comprehensive emergency first aid kit in their home – especially those homes with children and pets. This is because children and pets are accidents waiting to happen, and if you have both at once then it isn’t “if,” but “when.”
I have kids and a dog and so our first aid kit has seen a lot of action. Sometimes it’s the dog getting bandaged from head to paw because she’s playing the role of World War 1 bomb shelter victim. Other times it something more serious, like having a son who seems to cut himself on air. But girls are not exempt from first aid matters; my now teenage daughter one sliced the top of her knuckles off in her haste to open a dog leash for our new puppy. Remember what I said about having kids and pets? Exactly.
I feel safer when I know there is something in the house to stop the bleeding,especially when that something isn’t our white guest towels. We’ve experienced medical issues in this house ranging from simple bleeding noses or cut-too-short toenails to complete severance of digits. Yes; my daughter had her pinky finger chopped off in the van door when she was four years old. That accident could not be fixed from anything I keep in a box in the linen closet. No, that one was best left for the professionals. Aside: thank you professionals!
But there was a lot of home care that needed to be done after the re-attachment surgery. (You’re still cringing, aren’t you?) Don’t worry – she’s forgiven me and promises not to bring it up in her wedding speech, so I think we’re all good. Having a quality roll of non-stick gauze and waterproof bandaging was a necessity for the weeks of wound care, and practicing moist wound care healing by keeping the area moist and covered was easy using what I had on hand in our home kit.
Nexcare is a brand I often use to fill my medical chest. They make all sorts of medical bandages and gauze and while they couldn’t help me when I had a pinky finger in a tiny purple mitten, I was able to use their non-stick soft gauze to keep my daughter’s tiny finger covered and comfortable. We played “hospital” for weeks and had a real, moveable finger to show at the end of our run. It’s nothing but good times around here folks.
I make a point to restock my first aid kit at the changing of the major seasons in Canada, which are “molten lava sunshine” and “freezing your butt off.” Since we’re coming up on the second of our two seasons, it was time for me to replenish the items we’ve used over the summer. I was surprised to see that we were completely out of the easy-tear tape as I don’t recall any serious issues these past for five months. I asked the kids – which was my first mistake – because they haven’t learned to lie yet. My son declared that did use the roll of transparent Nexcare tape to secure a pulley system to the backyard tree in order to transport stuffed animals from one location to another. So Nexcare tape works really well in that application also, in case that’s ever a concern of yours. Plus they make a product called “Crack Care,” which has been super effective at helping to heal my split hands which are cracked due to my partner won’t fix the broken dishwasher syndrome. Plus, come on; “Crack Care?” It’s just fun to say.
Make sure you stock your first aid kit with things like a bottle of disinfectant, a pair of tweezers for sliver pulling, sharp scissors, and some wound cream. You’ll want painkillers (whichever brand your family uses) along with a thermometer and some instant cold packs. Sting patches are also great for picnic mishaps involving wasps angry you won’t share. Latex gloves and sterile pads round out a basic kit, and you can find more a more comprehensive first aid list here. You may also want to keep a liquid antihistamine for surprise reactions and sudden hives, as well as a bottle of water and some soap. This may seem overkill, but if you’re grabbing the kit to quickly attend a patient in the backyard after someone hurt themselves building a stuffed animal transportation device, you’ll thank us later.
Nexcare and Life in Pleasantville want help you get a first aid kit ready for your home or car, and so we’re giving away a care package of Nexcare products. This prize pack has a retail value of $100.
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