It would be hard to find anyone better at multitasking than someone who is both a businesswoman and mother. As many of us appreciate, working from home can be stressful at the best of times and adding children to that equation can make things very hectic! The last thing you need when you’re in this situation is getting caught short in an emergency and that’s why knowledge of first aid can be a great tool for any mother working from home. A little bit of know-how and preparation can save you a lot of time and worry in the long run.
First up, it’s important to be up to speed with relevant contact numbers to call in an emergency. If you’re at home and hurt yourself, but the injury isn’t serious enough to classify as an ambulance emergency, it’s a good idea to contact Healthdirect. This number will get you in touch with nurses who are on call 24/7 and can assist with any concerns or inquiries. Healthdirect can be reached on 1800 022 222.
It’s also very smart to teach your children emergency contact information. Often in a first aid emergency, children can be a mother’s best chance of getting help. So, make sure your children know how to recite their home address, phone number and dial 000 – even a toddler can use the phone! It’s a great idea to leave this information within easy reach near the phone, on the fridge or even on the back of the toilet door. By preparing your kids with this information, you can save valuable time in an emergency.
Given that mums who work from home are often under a lot stress, it’s important to keep your workspace well ventilated, with good lighting and a comfortable chair. Many injuries can occur when the body is tired, you’re uncomfortable or you work in awkward positions for long periods of time. Take breaks when you can, in order to give your body a good stretch and to improve posture. When taking breaks, use the time to bond with your children and involve them in tasks around the home. Handing pegs to hang clothes on line, is just one example.
Tried and tested emergency items are always imperative to have on hand. Frozen peas should be kept in the freezer in the event of a twisted ankle, which might come about from stepping on all those toys strewn across the office floor! Elevate the ankle, ice it and if discomfort and pain continues, seek further medical advice. Always encourage the kids to put their toys away (easier said than done!) but a reward system may just help with this.
Eye-strain and headaches which can make a work day that much more demanding, can often be avoided by sufficient lighting and regular breaks. It also pays to keep your fluid intake frequent. As tempting as it can be to always reach for a coffee when you’re juggling active kids and a hectic work schedule, often the best beverage is a big glass of water to ensure that you’re staying hydrated and energised. Adding a touch of lemon, lime or fruit can add a touch of flavour.
Cuts can often come about when you’re working, especially when you’re thinking of a hundred things at once. It’s a great idea to keep a good supply of band-aids in the house and a clean hand towel near you (red is a recommended colour when possible, as it will help you avoid passing out when you see yourself bleeding). Some essentials like Dettol, bandages and medical tape for keeping bandages on are always good to have on hand in a clean, organised supply kit in your home. The First Aid For You, First Aid Kit has all the essentials in a compact kit – perfect for the home or car.
Finally, be realistically about your abilities, and remember you’re doing a great job!
About the author
Mary Dawes, Director of First Aid For You has a family history of ambulance service workers, First Aid For You was officially launched at the 2012 Baby and Toddler Expo in Sydney, with resounding success and to date has seen over 4,000 parents complete the First Aid for Families course.