Monday, July 17, 2017

New Parents Ask: What Should I Bring to the Emergency Room

I recently went through the experience of having to take Will to the emergency room. As a first time parent that was terrifying but I was glad to have some of that military operator background combined with mom-ability in my back pocket.

I had gotten a message from Will's care provider saying that she had gone from not feeling that morning to far worse before lunch. I started coordinating a back-up child care provider when all of a sudden, she messaged me again letting me know that Will was throwing up.

The timing was highly ironic as Ryan had left to go on a trip with his friend and they were out-of-state. 

As I picked him up, I had already coordinated with our babysitter and she was over at our house. Unfortunately, Will would not stop throwing up and after talking with the medical group here, I decided to take him into the local children's hospital's emergency room.

I was thankful that I had coordinated with the sitter to be there because it gave me the opportunity to change and gather items without feeling completely overwhelmed. Here is what I brought with us or wish I had brought:

Vilah Bloom Cafe Crossover Bag: You're going to want to a solid diaper bag. The Cafe Crossover is easy to clean and can be worn THREE different ways. When you have a sick baby who is either clinging to you to be carried or throwing a tantrum, this allows flexibility in getting your items from point A to point B. It also has large, roomy pockets (again easy-to-clean) so it's simple to organize diaper items over in one point, food in another and there's still space to add last minute items. There is also a handy dandy key lasso which was great for attaching my keys, locking the car on the run and hustling to the emergency room without worrying that I'd lose my keys. Be sure to put BLOOMER016 in the comments during checkout and sign-up for their newsletter for 10% off!

Seventh Generation Wipes and Diapers: When trying to be environmentally conscious, doing right by your baby and still needing to use disposables - Seventh Generation is where it's at. These wipes (and diapers) are made with quality products and if you need to wipe your baby's face, no worries, these wipes are fantastic and won't add harsh chemicals to baby's skin. Your Vilah Bloom Cafe Crossover has a designated front compartment that's easily accessible because when your little one is sick, the last thing you want to do is dig for stuff.

Nose Frida, Boogie Wipes, Boogie Mist: There is sometimes so much snot that you don't know what to do with yourself. The Nose Frida, Boogie Wipes and nasal spray are so necessary to help make parenting less stressful. I don't know about you but sometimes as a new parent, you forget that you literally have to teach your baby everything. He doesn't know how to blow his nose but at the moment, his nose is rivaling Niagra Falls. These items keep the snot at bay and are my perfect trifecta for sick kiddos.

Gerber Cloth Diapers (Burp Rags): These are my favorite burp rags because they don't mess around. They can handle a lot of messy situations, including upset tummies. They also aren't flimsy, so once they mess is caught or cleaned up, you can roll it up and the situation is handled.

Bottles and Nursing: If you nurse, consider bringing extra breastmilk and same for formula users. We use the Kiinde bottle system so I would go back and forth from nursing Will to letting him drink a bottle. The bottle was also great for the car ride to the hospital. He didn't drink much but it was available to him.

Phone charger: I was really glad I remembered to bring this because my phone would have died shortly into the visit there. We had very limited service and so I'm sure my phone was seeking out signals and depleting its battery. The charger made it possible for me to send text updates to my husband and family.

Plastic Toys: Ugh I was kicking myself for this one. I did not bring Will a single toy. So what I did was make surgical glove balloons for him. Bring toys that are easy-to-clean. The emergency room can be a long visit and that will help make the time easier on the both of you.

Snacks and Water: I brought my water bottle and then left it in the car. I also had ZERO snacks on me. We were in the waiting room for six hours. I was starving and I knew the nurses were incredibly busy so I felt bad asking for water. I finally had to because we were rolling into hour three and I was parched. I'm glad I did because little did I know that I had three more hours to go. Do yourself a favor and bring a solid water bottle, like a Hydroflask, and easy snacks like almonds for protein which can tie you over until you get something more substantial. 

Depending on your situation, you may need more or fewer items. If your child has any type of medical history, bringing his or her record may be very helpful. In this case, my little one just caught a nasty virus that had been spreading through the base. I was so glad that the children's hospital staff were so kind, patient and incredibly informative. They made sure that I was a confident mom in leaving that hospital. I'm so glad we had that positive experience because the very next day, I was the one who was sick! Good luck mamas and papas - you're doing a great job!

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