Taking care of your family and children is very important. Most of the time, any injuries or illnesses aren’t serious, and you can just take care of them at home – if you know some basic first aid. If you don’t know the basics, you might have to take someone to the doctor or hospital (and spend a lot of time and money) for something that could have been taken care of right at your house. Obviously there are things you don’t want to mess around with, and that require immediate medical attention, but don’t assume that every little issue necessitates a call to 911.
Have a first aid kit on hand, and keep it current. There’s no point in having things like first aid ointment if it’s months or years out of date. It may still work, but why take the chance? Check those kinds of things at scheduled intervals, and replace anything that is outdated, so you’ll have it available when it’s needed. It’s a shame to throw away something that didn’t get used, but it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Keep that in mind when buying a first aid kit and updating it.
Also, make sure you have emergency phone numbers and other basic information in a place where everyone can find it, just in case the problem is bigger than the first aid kit can handle. Take everyone in your family who’s old enough to a CPR and first aid class, and let them learn what they need to know to help people and save lives. That’s a great way to give them some peace of mind and confidence in their ability to do the right thing, and can help them care for others if it becomes necessary.