Heading back to school can be as equally daunting for parents as it can be for the kids, especially for those parents of children starting school for the first time.
Director and First Aid instructor of First Aid For You (www.firstaidforyou.com.au) Mary Dawes has some advice for parents of kids who’ll be going to school in a few short weeks.
Send the kids off to school feeling empowered, give them their own first-‐aid pouch to stay in their backpack.
Kid-friendly First Aid kit items:
- Spare pair of underpants – We know accidents happen, this way if one should happen, your child has a pair of clean underpants “just in case”
- Band-‐Aids with characters – While the school will have a first aid kit on hand for major accidents, it’s always wise to let kids have their own for smaller accidents or those that happen between school & home. Plus having one of their favourite characters on the Band-‐Aids will act as a great distraction!
- Laminated Sheet with Contact Numbers -‐ Nothing bigger than the size of a credit-‐card, the sheet should have parents, grandparents or carers contact details and any details of medical conditions your child may have
Mary suggests sitting down with the kids before school starts and talk them through what’s in their own little first-‐ aid kit.
By showing them what’s the in kit and discussing that accidents might happen and that it IS okay to cry, will go a long way in helping your kids deal with an accident, says Mary.
Separate to the first aid kit should be a container with any medications, instructions and emergency contact details if your child suffers from asthma or any allergies.
“Let your kids know, it’s okay to tell their friends and have the teacher explain to the class any symptoms they need to be aware of – you may want to offer to come in and help explain any difficult scenarios” adds Mary.
Importantly, educate the kids on the importance of seeking help as soon as possible after an accident, even if it’s just a little graze.
“Some kids are bound to be more affected by a graze than others and that’s okay, educate your kids that everyone reacts differently, that everyone needs help and the best people to do that are adults,” says Mary.
Finally, remember kids will be kids. There’s bound be a few bumps, scratches throughout the school year, it’s a part of growing up!
“If your kids know what to do and how to act in an emergency, then your mind can rest a little easier,” finishes Mary.