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Note To Self & Other Moms; Learn First Aid!

This morning as I had my coffee, I came across a video on Facebook where a twelve day old new born stopped breathing. The police stopped the speeding car and successfully revived the child and kept her breathing until paramedics arrived. I cried through the video. the mom looked like a new mom and I could just imagine her fear.

Afterwards I reflected on the fact that I was last ‘certified’ in First aid while I was in nursing school years ago and while I still keep the first aid manual within reach on my bookshelf, I know I don’t really remember much if any of it. As a mother now, I feel like that video reminded me of the need to keep at the very least some aspects, including CPR.

It was just a jolting reminder that it’s something that could literally save a life and as a mom, still relatively new, I wouldn’t want to be caught in the position of being in an emergent situation and not knowing what to do.

The edition I have is the 9th edition, and I believe since then there’s been a ‘9th REVISED’ edition, a ’10th Edition’ and a ’10th REVISED Edition’. I don’t know how much the information had changed so I will be supplementing the information with research, and I encourage mommies, especially local Jamaican mommies to do the same. Especially if you are in a remote area and medical help may be some distance away.

Also, don’t forget to keep a first aid kit around the house. You can buy one ready-made or simply compile one yourself. Here is a list I copied from KidsHealth.Org.

What Should a First-Aid Kit Include?

Put these in each of your first-aid kits:

  • an up-to-date first-aid manual
  • a list of emergency phone numbers
  • sterile gauze pads of different sizes
  • adhesive tape
  • adhesive bandages (Band-Aids) in several sizes
  • elastic bandage
  • a splint
  • antiseptic wipes
  • soap
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
  • hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • extra prescription medicines (if the family is going on vacation)
  • tweezers
  • sharp scissors
  • safety pins
  • disposable instant cold packs
  • calamine lotion
  • alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • thermometer
  • tooth preservation kit
  • plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs)
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • a blanket
  • mouthpiece for giving CPR (you can get one from your local Red Cross)

Also keep a blanket stored with your kit.

Talk to you guys soon!

XOXO.

SHAN

Shandean Reid

I’m Shan! Heavily caffeinated millennial, content creator and communications postgraduate student in the GTA student navigating life as a physician’s wife, mom of one, author and anything else I see fit on a given day. Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you subscribe!

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2 COMMENTS

  • Alexis Chateau

    My mom and I keep a first aid kit and blankets in the car. You just never know!

    • Shandean

      Definitely a good practice.

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