By SUSAN MATHERLY
4:37 PM EST, November 17, 2012
No matter how closely you watch your child, accidents are going to occur, so it’s very important for you to be prepared for life’s little emergencies.
If you have a child under the age of 5 in your home, make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked with items that may be needed when accidents occur. Just as important, make sure you check the items in the medicine cabinet regularly to toss out any items that may have expired.
Your medicine cabinet should contain the following items:
Make sure you also have a printed list of phone numbers for the Poison Control Center, your child’s pediatrician and the nearest hospital emergency room, and post it where it is readily accessible in case of an emergency.
It’s also a good idea to keep these items available either in your purse or your vehicle if you and your child spend much time outdoors away from home.
Susan Matherly is director at A Children’s Place, a service of Ephraim McDowell Health. She has a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science and a master’s degree in public health. She can be contacted at (859)236-7176.
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