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First Aid and Thermometers

 –  Keeping your family healthy means being prepared for illnesses and emergencies should they arise. For this, you need the right tools. No matter what the season, accidents and illnesses happen, especially if you have kids in the house. When you stock your first aid kit and medicine cabinet, you can be ready when a family member feels sick or is injured. It pays to be prepared!
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What Kind of Thermometer is Best for Babies?

When your baby or child feels sick, what's the first thing you reach for? Probably, the thermometer. These days you have a number of options.

How Does an Ear Thermometer Work?

Digital ear thermometers are ideal for children over the age of 6 months and adults alike because the probe fits comfortably inside the ear canal. Plus, you can get a reading in as little as one second when inserted in the ear correctly. Many digital ear thermometers store temperature readings so you can compare the current reading to previous ones.

Also available are "one push" digital thermometers you place behind your ear for a fast and accurate reading in as little as a second. Just press a button to get a reading. So gentle is this thermometer that you can take a temperature while an adult or baby is sleeping.

How Do Infrared Thermometers Work?

Infrared thermometers provide super-fast readings in as little as one-tenth of a second by measuring heat that radiates from the eardrum. With some infrared thermometers, you can measure the temperature from the forehead or the ear. Most can store multiple temperature readings too. Taking a temperature and keeping track of them has never been so fast and easy!

What is a Pacifier Thermometer?

What could be easier than checking a baby's temperature than with a pacifier thermometer? Pacifier thermometers have a soft nipple made of silicone that fits comfortably in a baby's mouth. While baby is sucking on the pacifier, the thermometer gives a reading in as little as 90 seconds. It’s a fast and comfortable process for a baby.

Bandages for Children

What first aid kit or medicine cabinet is complete without bandages? Kids can enjoy novelty bandages with themes including funny faces and smiles. Mom will enjoy the waterproof protection they offer. Fun, glow-in-the-dark bandages are another option that will bring a smile to a child's face.

Skin Care for Children

Don't forget about the importance of skin care. Unscented petroleum jelly helps lubricate rough areas of skin and soften chapped lips. Skin lotions made with herbs and natural oils help keep skin soft and smooth when the humidity is low and the air is dry. Keep some on hand in the summer and winter to keep skin silky smooth all year round.

Are There Any Natural Mosquito Repellents?

When you're enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking or camping, there's always the risk of bug bites. Keep some natural bug repellent on hand when you and your family are out and about. Natural bug repellants made of plant-based ingredients are available that are free of DEET and toxic chemicals.

Anti-Itch Ointments

Make sure you have some anti-itch gel around for outdoor encounters with poison ivy and other plants that cause skin irritation. Always follow the age guidelines when using these products.

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