Natural Disaster – Emergency Essentials

With Hurricane Joaquin threatening to hit East US coast area, as soon as this weekend, now would be a good time to review “Disaster-ready essentials for parents with children”.  Apart from stocking up on the most essential things (food, water, batteries, flashlights, candles, etc), having your car fully filled up with gas, here are few things that you may want to consider:

  1. If your infant partially breastfed/partially formula fed or fully on formula, make sure you have number of spared bottles and nipples stored away, in case you have limited access to a dishwasher.
  2. Buy an extra bottle of water and powder formula, even though your child may be taking ready-made formulation.  Be aware that ready–made formulas are good for 48 hours after being open, after which time they have to be disposed of.
  3. For your toddlers make sure you have plenty of pouches of baby food
  4. Stock up on your diapers and wipes (look for alcohol-free, to prevent irritation and over-drying the skin)
  5. In situation, where you child spikes a fever and you cannot get in touch with a pediatrician, make sure you have Infants/Children’s Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. Have age and weight appropriate doses written and highlighted
  6. If your child has asthma, make sure that rescue medication has not expired and you have enough for at least one month.  If your child is old enough to use an inhaler with aero-chamber with your assistance, make sure you have it in case of power outage.
  7. If your child takes daily medication, make sure you have enough for at least one week.  Have designated cooler with ice specifically for medications.
  8. Be mindful of candle flames.  Store them away as you safely can away from the child’s reach.
  9. Identify designated locations in your community where you can get fresh water, have an outlet for the nebulizer, place to take a quick shower.
  10. If you have generator, make sure that it is more than 20 feet away from you home, door, and window.  Never use a generator inside your home or garage.
  11. Check your CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector and make sure it is functional.

Remember, your child usually responds to your reaction!   Try to stay come and in control of situation. Try to keep to your child’s schedule as much as you can.  Stay safe!

Dr. Alla

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