Last First Aid Friday Post of the year!

Sometimes, the solutions to “typical” first-aid moments catch me off guard. For years, the first thing that I did when I got a bloody nose was to tilt my head back and pinch my nose.  I’m pretty sure that was my immediate choice of response in order to avoid getting any unnecessary blood dripping on my jeans or on the friend sitting next to me—that would have been so embarrassing! But what the proper response would have been in those moments would be to tilt my head forward in order to avoid any blood going down my throat; and by so doing, avoiding further damage.  Often times, like my bloody nose incidents,I find that even the most basic “I know how to handle this” procedures can use some updating. Today we are just going to rewind back to the basics to give a few short tutorials of the most common first-aid procedures that help in aiding infants, children, and yourself!

Ready, set, let’s BEGIN!!

Minor Wound Care

What to do:

 • CHECK the scene to make sure it is safe.

 • CHECK the child or infant.

 • Reassure the child or infant that you are going to help.

 • Apply direct pressure to control bleeding.

  •  Avoid touching blood or body fl uids by wearing disposable gloves.

 •  Wash the wound with soap and water. If possible, rinse for about 5 minutes with clean, running tap water.

 •  Apply a triple antibiotic ointment or cream if the child or infant is not allergic or sensitive to the medication.

 • Cover the wound with a sterile dressing and bandage.

Nosebleed

What to do:

 • CHECK the scene to make sure it is safe.

 • CHECK the child or infant.

 • Reassure the child or infant that you are going to help.

 • Have the child or infant sit leaning slightly forward.

 • Pinch the nose shut for about 10 minutes.

 •  Apply ice or a cold pack that has been wrapped in a cloth or towel to the bridge of the nose.

If the bleeding does not stop—

 • Apply pressure on the upper lip just beneath the nose.

  • Call or have someone else call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Blisters

What to do:

• If a blister is broken—

  • Wash the skin with soap and water.

  • Wipe the area with antiseptic wipe.

  •  Apply a triple antibiotic ointment or cream, if the child or infant is not allergic or sensitive to the medication, cover with thin gauze, and then apply a bandage.

Heat (Thermal) Burns

What to do:

 • CHECK the scene to make sure it is safe.

 • CHECK the child or infant.

 • Reassure the child or infant that you are going to help.

 •  Stop the burning. Remove the child or infant from the source of the burn. Put out fl ames or remove from source.

 •  Cool the burn. Use large amounts of cold running water until pain is relieved. Do not use ice to cool the burn.

 •  Cover the burn loosely with a sterile dressing and care for shock. (Go to SHOCK, page 43.)

 •  For a serious burn, call or have someone else CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

  • Call the parents and tell them what happened.

* Note: all of the above procedures are provided by the Emergency Reference Guide: American Red Cross. If you wish to learn more, feel free to visit their website:http://www.redcross.org/imagesMEDIA_CustomProductCatalogm4440138_Babysitting_Emergency_Reference_Guide.pdf

Nutella Hot Chocolate and Frozen Whipped Cream

I need to share a few wonderful things with you all today. First is this video. It is How the Grinch Stole Christmas in American Sign Language, and you cannot tell me that this little girl isn’t the most adorable thing or that you don’t feel the Christmas spirit after watching it. Don’t even try.

The second and third wonderful things on my list are two easy-peasy recipes that you can use for your ugly Christmas sweater party, your white elephant gift exchange, or just for you, because you got your Christmas shopping done in August (go you). They are Nutella hot chocolate and frozen whipped cream. Trust me, they are so dang easy that you will wonder why you don’t do this every year!

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Recipe from here.

  • 2 cups of milk (whole, skim, soy, almond, lactose free… any kind will work)
  • a heaping 1/4 cup of Nutella
  • whipped topping or marshmallows (optional)
In a 1 – 1 1/2 quart crock pot add 1 cup of the milk and the Nutella. Whisk together until the Nutella is completely dissolved and incorporated.
Add the remainder of the milk and whisk to inocorporate it well. When it’s well incorporated the milk will be all frothy on top.
Place the lid on and turn the crock to low. Let heat completely through for 1 – 2 hours (mine took about an hour and a half).
Whisk one last time before serving to make sure everyone gets an equal amount of that great Nutella flavor. Serve topped with your favorite whipped topping or marshmallows.
hot-chocolate-free-clip-artFrozen Whipped Cream
Recipe from here.
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pour cold whipping cream into bowl of mixer.  Using whisk attachment whisk, on medium speed, whip until it begins to thicken and you see soft peaks form.  Add in powdered sugar and vanilla, continue mixing until well incorporated.

Take your whipped cream and spoon individual servings onto parchment lined baking sheet (I used my frosting tip/bag because they were already full of cream).  Place in freezer for 2-3 hours or until completely frozen.  Move to airtight container and store in freezer.

Merry Christmas, all!

By Sam Lund

Homemade Marshmallows

Here’s a fun holiday treat that the whole family can help make! These delicious homemade marshmallows will melt in your mouth, but the best part is choosing your favorite toppings to roll them in. Crushed graham crackers, toasted coconut, and cinnamon sugar are some tasty options, but you can use whatever you like! Try crushed candy canes for a festive holiday twist.

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Picture from here.

Recipe courtesy of Analaine’s Home Cooking.

Marshmallows 

3 packages Knox gelatin
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white Karo
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the gelatin with 1/3 cup water in a small bowl, then add 1/3 cup boiling water. Mix well. Put 1/3 cup water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add 2 cups sugar, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Then add 1 1/2 cups Karo and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix well, then pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in the gelatin mixture and blend together. Let it sit until lukewarm.

Mix on low speed to begin with, add vanilla and beat on high until peaks form and it will hold its shape. Grease a large cookie sheet and spread the marshmallow mixture onto the cookie sheet with a rubber spatula. Let the marshmallows cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. Cut the marshmallows into squares (this is easier if you use a knife dipped in water) and roll in your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Contributed by Melissa Gee

Wedding Wednesday: Kid Questions

The excitement is building; I am officially counting down the days now. In a little over two weeks my fiancée and I are getting married in the Salt Lake Temple! He feels like it’s not coming soon enough, I feel like the time is whizzing by.

Today, instead of talking about wedding planning, I’d like to talk about something that I will have to start thinking about in the near future; when to have kids. My fiancée and I have only talked about it occasionally, and it was only the basic questions like: “how many kids do you want?” or “what should we name our kids?” We haven’t really talked about it seriously yet, but I imagine that time will be coming soon. It’s a question that all married couples have to face and eventually decide on.

A couple weeks ago, my cousin told my fiancée and I not to have kids until he had a secure job. At the time we just smiled and didn’t say anything, but I was inwardly upset. Not only was it not her place to say, but also in the LDS faith we are taught that having children is part of God’s plan, and that families are essential to our salvation. I have often heard from Church leaders that couples should not necessarily wait until they are financially secure to have children. I knew that my cousin had heard the same testimonies on the subject so I was confused as to why she would say that to us.

I had to take a step back and think about where my cousin was coming from. My cousin grew up in a home where her father came from a well-to-do family and was already secure in his job when he married her mom. Taking this step back, I could see her perspective and knew that she sincerely had our best interests at heart.

While my cousin’s advice was logical, it is not up to her, the rest of my family, nor my friends, or really anyone, to decide when my fiancée and me have children. The decision when to have kids and how many should be between the spouses and the Lord. When making this decision, and really any important decision, it is necessary to consult with each other and pray to the Lord about the decision. By doing this we invite the Lord to be a part of the marriage and have a hand in it.422661_433475463356702_1883829178_n

Just as we wouldn’t want to be judged, it is important not to be judgmental of other couples based on how many or how few kids they have. No one really understands their specific situation, only the Lord does. The Lord is the judge of mankind, not us. Many times it may be difficult for a couple to bear children, and it would be unfair to judge them. Remember, it is not anyone else’s business; it is solely between husband, wife, and the Lord.

I personally cannot wait to start a family and I am so ecstatic to be a mother. Families are essential to society, and most notably to the children that are brought into it.

By Bryn Adams

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Now that you are all rested and full from Thanksgiving, what are you  going to do with all those leftovers? Here are some ideas . . .

“Cranberry Pancakes” image from here

“Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Watercress Salad” image from here

“Penne with Goat Cheese, Kale, Olives, and Turkey” image from here

“Quesadillas with Chutney and Brie” image from here

“Curried Turkey Casserole” image from here

“Cranberry Tartlets” image from here

“Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich” image from here