It’s the all too familiar sound, the sudden rise of a sob — your child comes stumbling into the room, clutching at his arm and wailing at the injustice of it all. There’s a hint of blood but a far greater bruise; and you realize that you are expected to make this suddenly vanish. All hurts are to be healed. All worries are to be countered. Even the smallest cuts and concerns must be offered your complete attention. Nothing less will do.
This is also when you realize that a smile simply isn’t enough to satisfy.
You are a mother — your days are filled to the obligations of family, the burdens of day to day routines. It’s never easy (though it is always wanted). Chaos is a frequent visitor to your home, always finding new ways to enter and cause panic. Accidents happen; little wounds are earned; and the result is the demand for you to be both doctor and friend.
A first aid kit is therefore essential.
Your devotion to your family can’t be denied. It’s not enough, however, to ease the tiny bumps and bruises of childhood. You need more — and a kit can be a quick salvation.
Provide yourself with the necessary medicines and iodine. Always have disinfectant wipes, bandages, gauze pads, tweezers, a thermometer, tape and analgesics inside. Store childrens’ aspirin or similar products within it as well. Keep the kit in an accessible location, making sure it can be reached without pause (it should be noted that all of your family should be able to find it. Explain to your children the seriousness of this but don’t deny them the ability to use it if they must).
A kit is not to substitute medical attention. It is, however, to offer relief for the minor complications. Have it ready at all times and never ignore the value it can offer.
It could become the difference between comfort and crying.