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Child Health

Having my home first aid kit stocked up and to hand just when I need it is very important to me, because as a Registered Nurse I know this could make a real difference in an emergency. The other day I was having a tidy out of my not very practical and too small first aid plastic box and it dawned on me that I really needed to make my kit more up to date in readiness for the Winter months ahead.

My first task was to take stock of what I already had. I actually had lots of things already, but sadly many of them were out of date. So do make sure you regularly check all the expiry dates of your medicines and dressings.

So after disposing of some of the items, I had to decide where I was going to keep every thing? My bathroom cabinet is already packed with all sorts of cosmetics, so that isn’t the idea place. So I had a look on Amazon and found an excellent metal box storage box which is lockable and come with a detachable strap, RRP:£21.99. The great thing about it is that you can stand all your bottles in the bottom section, then you can have your smaller items like scissors and twitters in the top removable section.

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So how do you know what to keep in your box?  There is plenty of advice available on NHS Choices. Or you can buy kits via organisations such as St John Ambulance , which of course will work out more expensive then just putting together your own kit like I have.

Dressings and other kit

  • Assorted kids plaster – by Ouch! Little Monkeys (I love the reusable tin they come in)
  • Cotton crepe bandage – very useful for bandaging a wound that is bleeding or to put over a dressing
  • Triangular bandage – to put an arm in a sling
  • Variety of sterile non-adherent dressings
  • Blister dressings
  • Waterproof film dressings
  • Dressing scissors
  • Wound cleansing wipes – for use on cuts & grazes (no sting)
  • Micropor tape
  • Tubular bandage
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile Saline
  • Thermometer under tongue – for adults
  • Thermometer tympanic (ear) – for children
  • Disposable gloves

Over the counter Medicines

  • Infant Paracetamol suspension for babies & children 2 months – 6 years
  • Infant Ibuprofen suspension for babies & children 3 months – 12 years
  • Infant Cough Syrup, contains Glycerol & can relieve tickly coughs from 3 months
  • Vapour Rub – I like Snuffle Babe, but lots of the market contains Eucalyptus oil, Menthol & Thyme Oil
  • Hydrocortisone Cream 1% – reduces inflammation, relieves irritation & itching from bites or stings
  • Potassium Citrate Mixture – can relieve symptoms of cystitis
  • Optrex multi action eye wash with eye bath
  • Allergy & hayfever relief – Cetirizine Hydrochloride 10mg
  • Gaviscon for the relief of heartburn & indigestion
  • Ranitidine 75mg for the relief of heartburn & indigestion
  • Ibuprofen 200mg tablets
  • Paracetamol 500mg tablets
  • Adult chesty cough syrup contains Guaifenesin (I don’t bother with expensive brands of cough medicine generally as if you read the label they all contain the same base ingredients. Just make sure you look for non-drowsy if that is what you need)
  • Rehydration Treatment – replaces lost fluid following acute diarrhoea

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Always read the labels and instructions carefully to ensure correct doses and do not exceed the maximum dose within a 24 hours period.

If you or your child continue to experience symptoms or you have concerns you should  always contact your Local GP Surgery or seek advice from your Pharmacist. Who as I have found in the past can be a wealth of knowledge and can save you a trip to your GP surgery.

What do you keep in your home first aid kit? Share your essential items with me.

My first blog post for Mummyofthesuburbs was three months ago, so what have I learnt in this short period of time and how do I feel now about blogging now?

I am sure many bloggers will say there are certainly highs and lows. For me there have definitely been more highs than anything else. Of course there have been times when I have doubted myself and wondered why on earth I decided to do this? Is anyone really going to read any of my posts? I have logged into my WordPress account numerous times a day to see if my visitor count has gone up. Sometimes it hadn’t and then other times like when I posted my review Top Ten Tips for Keeping an Organised Diary I have been really surprised how many people have read my post.

I think confidence is what holds back a lot of people in blogging. So many times I have questioned my abilities? I have felt like a fraud and have sat there looking at all the other blogs out there wondering how I am ever going to be anything like them? Then I had a break through, I decided that I am just as good as anyone else. OK, I don’t have any sort of qualification in writing or journalism, but I am a Mother, I work as a Registered Nurse, I have travelled the world and I have lived on this planet for forty years.

So here are my tips for the complete novice

  • Research everything – make sure your understand from the start what makes your site appear professional. Get the right template for your blog and make sure it has the capabilities to be flexible. I made the mistake of choosing a really simplistic design, which looked great but I couldn’t adapt it. I kept it for a while and then when I couldn’t have a side bar, or social media buttons I decided to go back to one of the free options that WordPress offer.
  • Get help from friends and family –  It sounds obvious, but I bet there are lots of people you already know who could help with your blog in some way? For example I managed to get an invite to a bloggers event just by asking around people I knew.
  • Read and read more – any free moment I get, I will be reading other people’s blogs and looking at their various social media streams. I’m always asking myself what do I like or dislike about their blog? What can I learn from what they are doing?
  • Put yourself out there living in London does help, as this is where numerous blogging events happening. My initial dilemma was how do I get invited to anything? This is where I had to start digging a bit deeper. My first discovery was when I was browsing the magazine shelves of WHSmith (not really something I do a lot, as I many read online these days) but I came across the bloggers magazine Blogosphere. From this I found that they run events and meet up for bloggers and I brought tickets for their Christmas Fair. I am also attending Mumsnet Blogfest 2016, I know there are ways to get sponsored tickets for these type of events, however as I still new to blogging this time I was happy to pay. I know that the networking opportunities I will get are well worth it.
  • Don’t give up – at the start I sometimes thought how will I ever get any recognition for what I am doing? I have tried lots of various ways to get brands and companies to take an interest in my blog. From writing emails asking if I could review their products? To contacting them or mentioning them on Twitter or Instagram. Iv’e had plenty of knock backs where a brand has politely told me that I do not have a big enough following or readership for them to be interested at the moment. I have been pleasantly surprised too, because some brands have been happy to re-tweet my posts and some have still been interested in me or pointed me in the right direction.

I know lots of bloggers write posts about what they wish they had known when they started out, but for me I am happy to accept that this is my learning journey. At this stage of my blogging career I am not going to know that much. I am just taking it for what it is. Now nothing is going to stop me, I love blogging it has given me a new purpose in my life and surely that is what it is all about!

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