Four Health and First-Aid Essentials for Kids

It’s a good thing our kids have hard heads. I can’t count the number of times they have fallen. Typical story: just a few weeks ago, Magnolia and one of her friends began running down the street (“Simon Says Run!”), and immediately ran into each other, both hitting the pavement hard. Thonk! went Nola’s head. Boing! beat my heart out of my chest.

These health and first-aid essentials take some of the stress out of these mean streets.

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer, $49.99 at Babies R Us

A forehead thermometer takes the guesswork out of fevers. Hold down the blue button and run this along your child’s crown, from temple to center of the forehead. Release the button and voilà! the temperature is revealed. While I noticed Consumer Reports does not recommend these kinds of thermometers for children under 3, we have used ours since Nola was a baby and been quite happy.

Bruise creme, $6.99 on drugstore.com

When Magnolia was a new walker, she took a big spill that left her with an ugly scrape around her eye. It happened on our first day of vacation in France, and we were pretty upset. The bruise creme our host offered took the black and blue out of the injury overnight. Poor Nola still had an ugly scab, but no black eye. We’ve continued to use it frequently at home with good results.

Gel packs are a staple of the fridge wherever we go. Ours is so beloved that it has a name: Mr. Boo Boo.  We  trot it out whenever anyone has a bump or a bruise. These are inexpensive, and sold everywhere, from grocery stores to high-end kids’ places. Sure, you can use a bag of frozen peas (sometimes more helpful for a bigger injury), but these packs are easier for the little ones to take because they’re not quite so cold.

Gel pack, $12.00 @ Amazon

Dry skin? Chapped skin? Small scrape? Aquaphor to the rescue! It’s an all-season fix-it for numerous skin issues. I don’t leave home without it.

14 oz, $13.60 on drugstore.com

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Children’s Tylenol, Neosporin with pain relief or without, and flexible fabric band-aids that stay on through hours in the water. We should have bought stock in those workhorses (and AA batteries, too).

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