Night Nurse Kit Saves the Day

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"I can't find the thermometer in either bathroom. When did we use it last?" my husband, Rob, asked in a hushed voice.

"Try the kitchen cabinet next to the sink, by the medicine," I answered, as I settled into the rocking chair with Adelaide. It was 3 a.m. and we were both bleary-eyed. It was the second time our daughter had woken us up, although she'd been sleeping through the night for months. She was warm and fussy and I suspected she had a fever.

My husband returned a couple minutes later with the thermometer, but no covers, and headed back to the bathroom to continue his search. While he rifled through the medicine cabinet, I rocked and tried to remember where I put the paper scribbled with the latest dosages for Tylenol and Motrin. I had a feeling we were in for a long night.

As it turned out, Adelaide had a cold, which all three of us shared, and we were in for quite a few long nights. Luckily, it only took two before we realized we needed to be better prepared.

First, we moved everything to a central location, so everything we needed in the middle of the night would be easily accessible. We started with a basket that held the thermometer and medicine, but our list of essentials has grown with our family. This is what our Night Nurse Kit looks like today:

  • Plastic caddy with dividers and handle (convenient for going room to room)
  • Thermometer (along with covers and extra batteries)
  • Small flashlight
  • Notepad and pen (for recording temperatures, time medicine is given, symptoms, doctor's instructions)
  • Notecard with correct dosages of common medications for both children (in a small zip-top bag to protect it)
  • Our doctor's phone number (on the back of the notecard)
  • Medicine (fever reducer / rotate others in and out as needed)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Bottle of water
  • Small cups
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Kleenex
  • Stored on top shelf of linen closet (childproof and close to our kids' rooms)

Now, when our kids are feeling bad, my husband and I can focus on developing our nursing skills, rather than our detective skills. Being more organized has made it a lot easier to care for everyone in our house, day or night.

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