Emergency! Tips

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Who should I discuss my child´s medications with?

Long-Term Medications

Daycare providers should be notified if your child is taking long-term medicines or if a dose is needed during the school day. Be sure to have an adequate supply of medicine in the facility. You should also have staff watch for any side effects or problems with your child taking the medicines and to notify you immediately.

(This tip submitted by Lisa Pinter, Newsletter Guru)

What should I do in case a child is bitten by a dog?

Dog Bites

If you are bitten by a stray dog (or the owner can't be located), wash the wound with soap and water and see a doctor immediately. The wound itself (if shallow) can be treated as a simple cut. If it is deep, it may require stitching. You might also be due for a tetanus shot (every 10 years), but antirabies injections are rarely necessary. (To be safe, if the animal can be captured, have it impounded and observed for signs of rabies.)

(This tip submitted by Lisa Pinter, Newsletter Guru)

What should I do first for burns and scalds?

Immediate Care for Burns and Scalds

Soak the area in ice water then apply some gauze that has been soaked (and lightly wrung out) in carrot juice! Repeat as needed and by the third day, most of the swelling and inflammation should be gone. (For severe burns, consult a doctor!)

(This tip submitted by Lisa Pinter, Newsletter Guru)

Who should I discuss my child´s medications with?

Share Info with Caregivers

Be sure to discuss your child's medicines with all other caregivers including the other parent or step-parents. Share all the information and instructions so that your child receives the best possible care.

(This tip submitted by Lisa Pinter, Newsletter Guru)

What information should be included in a home medical record?

Health Diary

In case of an emergency while your child is at daycare, be prepared with a health diary for each child. It should include: names and phone numbers of doctors and dentists; height and weight; immunization history (including adverse reactions); dates of developmental milestones; blood type; location and size of any distinguishing birthmarks; chronic conditions; childhood illnesses (already contracted); and, the names of all medications your child is taking (has taken). Update this as needed. This way, in case the unthinkable happens, your child's care provider can give accurate information to emergency services. also include any pertinent religious preferences in regards to treatment options.

(This tip submitted by Lisa Pinter, Newsletter Guru)

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