This list continues on from Tips 4 Moms 2B: Part 1.
It is written primarily for my pregnant & newly delivered friends & family.
No 9: Medical Kit & 1st Aid Book
Always keep a well stocked medical kit! Babies & kids get sick & hurt themselves QUICKLY (& breast infections hit quickly too), & the last thing you want to do at 3am when your kid wakes up vomiting with a fever of 38C is to be driving anywhere! (Apart from speed of recovery & comfort… the bath is just SO much easier to clean, even if bicarb can be used as car cleaner…)
Ideally you should do a short course in pediatric or child oriented first aid. I found it very helpful, & the one I did came with a book & a handy list for a starter medical kit.
Consult your local clinic sister or the like for local ideas.
No 10: Pro-biotics
Good probiotics make a world of difference to little digestive & immune systems! Not just for when they are on anti-biotics, but also for gas/constipation&slimy-poo, or if they keep getting sick… & if they have been on anti-b’s give them occasionally for a few months afterwards. You’ll see much better results than if you stop when the anti-biotics stop.
No 11: Tea Tree Oil & Graze & Wound Powder
Essential to any home containing one or more toddler…
These disinfect without the scream factor! TT oil with moisturize, G&W powder will dry out any puss or blood & create a plaster like cover without drying the surrounding skin…
Way better than old school disinfectants & plasters. Just make sure the wound is clean (ie use clean water…).
No 12: Burnshield Hydrogel
The dressing version you’d usually get in a medical kit is great for large, major burns; but you’re a mom now! You & your family are more likely to need small regular (very regular) applications of this amazing gel that seems to suck the heat right out, so have one of the small handbag bottles or the spray bottle nearby @ all times. Accidents happen much more often when you have those little distractions around, & sleep deprivation doesn’t really help.
Apply as soon as possible! (I have a bottle in my hand bag along with some G&W powder, & another bottle in the cupboard diagonally above the stove, along with the fire extinguisher. I’ve used the Burnshield lots & had to replace the bottle a few times in the 6 years, but the fire extinguisher not yet.. But nearly (very nearly).
No 15: WHO Oral Rehydration Solution & Saline Solution Recipes…
You can buy both rehydrate & saline solution ready made, but keep the recipes at hand anyway! They are the sort of thing you need often & they both use common kitchen ingredients.
1/2 tsp table salt
1 liter cool, boiled water
1 Cup cooled, boiled water
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp sugar (optional)
No 14: Each child is special from within the womb
& I say this as someone who has not only watched two grow & develop from the womb, but has lost one too. As preschoolers, my girls are the same people they were as wriggling grey specks on my sonars. The same physical features & the same essential personality. God knitted them each together very carefully in the womb to make a special individual in His image, & is continuing to do so! This WILL be harder than your first year of marriage, but God is using YOU to make His child… In His image. What an awesome privilege 🙂
Psalm 139:13 (ESV)
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
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