There are a number of different ways that your child’s health may be more at risk than average (and definitely more than you would like!). They may have an intense allergy to bees or specific food items. They may have a health issue such as asthma or diabetes. Or, they may simply have that extra little bit of adventure and thrill-seeking that results in frequent trips to the doctor for stitches and splints.
Here are three tips to help you and your child be more prepared in the event of bee stings, high pollen counts, and adventures in rock climbing.
Create an emergency kit that’s appropriate for your child’s needs that you keep in your purse, in the car, or in your child’s backpack. The contents of this kit will, of course, vary depending upon your child’s specific needs. It could include an extra rescue inhaler, an Epi-pen, butterfly strips and band-aids, or a single-use ice pack.
· Have your child help pick out the bag for their emergency kit. Companies are now making in a variety of kid-centric prints and patterns. If your child gets to pick out their own carrier, they’ll be more likely to carry it with them in school and on the playground.
· Make sure your child, their teachers, their babysitters, and their friends know what’s in the kit, where it’s kept, and when it’s time to use it.
Medical bracelets are an important accessory for anyone who is on special medication, has certain allergies, or has specific care requirements that need to be taken into account by any health professional. Having this information available on a bracelet is especially important for children, who can have difficulty speaking to strange adults in frightening situations. For example, if your child is stung by a bee on the playground, they may be too upset to be able to tell the recess monitor what the problem is.
· You know that your child needs a medical bracelet – but you don’t have to give them the same one that their grandma wears. The market for kid-friendly emergency gear has grown, and medical bracelets are another part of that trend.
· These bracelets come in a wide variety of colors and patterns that appeal to kids but contain all the necessary medical information the adults in charge of them need. For example, you can get your child a bright yellow bracelet, covered in cartoon bees, that says “BEE STINGS” in large block letters.
Supplemental Health Program
Some kids can go the entire time between doctor’s check-ups without needing to be seen, but most kids won’t. If your child needs more attentive, personalized care from a doctor who is always available to see them, you may benefit from joining a supplemental health program. These membership-based programs, like , are intended to give you more access to your doctor than you would find in a traditional medical practice.
· Doctors associated with these types of programs take on a much lighter caseload than regular doctors. They may be the primary care physician for 200 patients – rather than 1,200 to 1,500. This means they have more time to spend in appointments, are more invested in their patients, and can provide higher quality care.
· These programs typically also give you access to a wide variety of specialists, such as allergists.
When preparing for emergency situations, health scares, or minor tumbles, get your kids involved in those preparations. Your child knows he’s allergic to peanuts. Letting him pick out his own bracelet and Epi-pen carrier can make him feel more in-control of his allergy – and more likely to be prepared in an emergency.
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