Graham recently had a stomach flu. We’ve been there before, so my first aid kit was stocked like a pro. Every first aid kit needs one of these simple items that never expires and is even reusable! You can’t beat that.
Here’s the story.
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Last year was a bit gruesome for us. Long story short, we bought an old house. It magically got more disgusting about 2 hours after closing than it had been the whole time we were looking to buy it. So, we moved in with the in laws and gutted the kitchen. Five months later, we moved in.
And a week after that, Graham got sick.
It was late fall and there were all kinds of flus going around. I had just recovered from a bug myself. We assumed it was the same bug making it’s way back around to us.
Three days later, he was even worse. The sickies settled into his throat and he had croup. He has a tender gag reflex (thanks to his dad), so when get gets really upset crying or coughing, guess what happens?
Lots and lots of throwing up. We lasted almost through the night before we were in the ER. We were worried about that super croup we heard coming from him, but we were even more worried that our little guy was bordering on dehydration.
While we were there, Nathan grabbed a couple of handfuls of these.
The next time you go to the doctor’s office or the emergency room, keep a look out for a tube of these hanging on a wall somewhere. The EMTs always take a handful when they see them, and if you’re a mom, you probably should, too.
They’re called emesis bags. And they’re amazing if you have a sick little one (or big one) in your house.
They work better than any throw-up bag in history. Well. Maybe. Certainly better than a trash can works for a toddler that doesn’t have very good aim.
The little rim is gentle on the chin and small enough to be anywhere you need it to be. Bonus: it can probably fit in every first aid kit bag or box you’ve ever had since it folds down flat. (Side note: I have this first aid kit and I think it’s awesome. I could probably do surgery with it if I knew how.)
And this might sound totally gross…but…you can sleep with it in your hand. You know what I’m talking about, mama. Your baby is sick and everyone is sleepy. He throws up and feels better. And everyone dozes off. But you’ve got to stay ready at the helm for the next time he wakes up and you have .032 seconds to catch it. Do you want to sleep with a trash can? Or this little lifesaver?
They’re made to be disposable (of course. gross.), but here’s the deal: I don’t really ever go to the doctor’s office or ER anymore, so I needed to reuse them.
Somewhere along the way, I vaguely remember someone mentioning produce bags will fit on these. But, my soft tender tomatoes even tear through produce bags. I definitely don’t trust those things.
So, I made my own replacement bags. It turns out that quart storage baggies fit perfectly over the rings. The are just the right size to stay taut but are easy to get on and off.
You just need to take off the original bag so that you have the ring. Then, you just insert your baggie through the ring. Then open the baggie and fold the zipper part out over the plastic ring.
Here’s a recap if I lost ya.
That’s it! Now you’ve got yourself you very own (super secure) throw up bag. Every first aid kit needs one of these and maybe even extra quart size baggies (if you don’t normally keep that size on hand).
This little invention has really made sick days a lot easier to handle. And has saved me countless hours of laundry. 😉