Unfortunately, scrapes and bruises are usually a part of growing up.  As frustrating as that may be, there are some basic things you can do to help keep your children safe, whether they’re out in the world or at home alone or with you. While a GPS tracking device is useful there are many other steps to take as well.

Always have a First Aid Kit Ready
Whether in the house, the car, or out-and-about with your children, one of the best ways to take care of them is to be well prepared for any potential accidents.  A First Aid Kit should always be close-at-hand and well-stocked.  Many parents have 3 or more first aid kits – one at home, one in each vehicle, and one in their purse or take-along bag.  Each first aid kit should be checked at least once a month to make sure that none of the contents are damaged, used, or expired.  Any missing, damaged, or expired items should be replaces ASAP.  If you child requires specific medicine, keep “extras” in each first aid kit in case you ever “forget” their meds at home or anywhere else.  Even though many places now have 24-hour pharmacies, 2am on a Wednesday morning isn’t the greatest time to find out your child’s prescription is out of refills.

A well-stocked first aid kit should contain at least the following:

  • Vinyl gloves
  • Cotton balls
  • Gauze (small and large)
  • Antiseptic wipes or gel
  • Tweezers
  • Band aids of different shapes and sizes
  • Medical tape
  • Scissors
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Children’s Benadryl
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • CPR and Rescue Breathing instructions and diagrams

Be sure to also include a list of important and emergency numbers in your first aid kit.  Also your child’s health insurance information, pediatrician’s name and phone number, and your preferred hospital are important to keep in the kit.

Home Alone
If your children spend time home alone, be sure to teach them about home alone safety.  Make sure your children know never to answer the door when they’re home alone – even to someone they know.  Most kidnappers are people the child is already acquainted with.  Phone and internet safety are also important.  Let your children know that they should never inform a caller or someone they are chatting with on the internet that they are home alone and should never invite someone over without your permission first.

Lost Children
When going on field trips or outings with the family, make sure to discuss a “meet-up” spot in case you get separated.  Also make sure they know how to locate an information desk and/or security or police officer for help if needed.  If you child has a cell phone, make sure they can call both you and 911 if needed.  If they do not have a cell phone, make sure they know where the nearest pay phones are and that their either have your number memorized or have it written down and kept somewhere on their person at all times.