How to Prepare for an Emergency With Your Child

I had a scare the other day when my three-year-old got a bee up his shirt and was stung 6 times! He had never been stung before. Immediately, I took out my phone and looked up allergic reactions and what to look for in case my son had a reaction (I did not have an epipen). Then came a mildly frantic call to my husband asking what he thought I should do.

There are moments that leave us parents scared and regretful that we didn’t prepare for a situation. While we just can’t have plans for and know everything that may happen, there are a few things we CAN do to be more ready for the unexpected.

I must say first that I am not a doctor. I am not certified in any sort of emergency preparedness. This information is merely to help you think through how to prepare for emergency situations.

To help you keep track and have easy access to emergency information, I’ve created a free printable sheet to keep on your fridge! If you subscribe to the Hive Newsletter (a weekly email), you get access to all free templates and resources available on KrisBeeMama. You will receive a welcome email with a password to access all the freebies if you sign up in the Hive Library.

Locate Your ER

We have already had 3 visits to the ER (one while 3 hours from home): a rock up the nose (this was the same day we were making an offer on our first house) an Altoid mint up the nose (while we were visiting family 3 hours away) and a bashed forehead that bled like something from a horror movie (though only needed liquid stitches and happened at our new house two weeks after moving in). Each instance had us scrambling to find the nearest ER.

If you have young kids, a nurse friend suggested calling your local ER(s) to find out if they are set-up for pediatrics. It turns out many aren’t equipped for handling a true emergency so your child may be sent to another hospital. This is also true for Urgency Care clinics you can use for less emergent situations – we were turned away from an Urgent Care clinic for the Altoid up the nose (the clinic was close to where we were staying, and we knew from the rock up the nose that it may resolve without too much help).

Ultimately, just keep an address and phone number on your fridge for you or whomever is caring for your child(ren) to reference in the case of an emergency. If you have a life threatening emergency, call 911!

CPR

Look for local classes on CPR. Some are paid classes, but you may be able to find free classes through your county or organizations. Many places offer adult, child and baby variations. All classes will tell you to call 911 right away if CPR is needed. 911 operators can also talk you through how to do CPR if needed!

Heimlich Maneuver

Choking is thankfully something I’ve never experienced with my child, and I hope you don’t either. But just in case, take a class or search for videos of how to help your child if he or she chokes (the method will change depending on age).

First Aid

You can learn first aid basics through online searches or through actual classes. Classes may also be offered for free through your county or local organization. If you are truly serious about learning first aid, look for a first aid class that also teaches disaster preparedness (preparing for large events like earthquakes, etc).

Keep your home and your car, purse, and/or diaper bag stocked with the basics (bandaids, disinfectant, etc) in case you need them. I bought a first aid kit I pull supplies from at home for on the go needs. It’s up to you if you want the added security of an epipen for severe allergic reactions.

Self Defense

As much as I wish we all lived in a safe world, there are people and situations that may require you to defend you and your child(ren). Search online for tactics or find a class near you.

If your child is old enough, discuss with them what they should do in cases of emergency or if they don’t feel safe for any reason. Make sure to look up your local police and leave their number on your fridge for easy reference. If in doubt, call 911!

Resources

Below are some helpful sites to read through (and some provide classes you may be able to attend) to help prepare for an emergency with your child:

Please comment with any other tips or resources. And be sure to subscribe to the Hive Newsletter to get your free emergency info sheet printable! Safe parenting, everyone!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Tramayne May 25, 2018 at 11:58 am

    A friend of mine just gave birth and is requiring everyone who will be watching her daughter to take infant CPR classes. A friend of hers lost her 18 month old after the child choked and the family member who was babysitting didn’t know CPR. I’m absolutely going to take the class, not only because she requested it, but because I’ll do whatever I can to save a life.

  • Reply Lisa Wingerter @ https://meandmymomfriends.com May 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    This is a great list of things every parent should know! I have been wanting to take a CPR class since before my son was born. I need to get on it.

    • Reply KrisBeeMama May 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      It is hard to find time to take a class in our busy mom lives.

  • Reply Tal May 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Great tips! We moved 3 years ago and not sure I know where are closest ER is. Bad mom…but I do know CPR!

    • Reply KrisBeeMama May 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thankfully, most of us have smart phones and/or internet at home to do a quick search when needed!

  • Reply Jessica Saldaña May 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    ahhhh… the thing no parent ever wants to think about. Thanks for the reminder that a plan is so important! I think we often forget that emergencies can happen at any second!

    • Reply KrisBeeMama May 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      It’s very scary to think about! But with just a few notes, a little research and a plan with your kids, hopefully we won’t have to think about it too much.

  • Reply Jenn Pohlman May 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    All these items are so important, but can be overlooked with ALL that comes with having a baby/toddler. I had never thought to call the closest ER to check on their preparedness for pediatrics! Great tip!

    Thanks for sharing

    • Reply KrisBeeMama May 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      I would have thought that all ERs are set up for pediatrics!

  • Reply Emily G May 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    So happy your son is okay! This is such a great reminder to be prepared for anything! I am so happy I took a CPR course before I became a nanny and now that I am a mom I am so happy I know the basics. These are great tips mama, thank you!

    • Reply KrisBeeMama May 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      I’m going to take a refresher class on CPR just in case – it’s been a while!

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