Remain Calm To Avoid Causing Alarm

The other day, there was a tornado watch for our area. We don’t have television, so my mother in law called me to let me know about it. Although I was fairly certain that no tornado was going to come spinning through our yard, I did turn the radio on so that if there were a warning I would hear it. Dylan heard me talking about it on the phone with my mother in law, and asked me “What tornado is?” I explained to him that there were going to be very big thunderstorms that afternoon, and sometimes when there … Continue reading

Food Introductions

My son has recently started eating food. Well, This isn’t exactly true. For some reason this Dad kind of thought that one day they just started putting cereal into their mouths through some sort of magical “growing up” process that occurred on one specific day. One day my son is just nursing; the next day he is eating steaks. I’m joking (a little) but I really thought my son would be eating all sorts of baby foods and other items one we put the first taste of avocado into his mouth. I was quite wrong. The introduction of solid foods … Continue reading

First Aid for Vomiting

Call it what you will: barfing, throwing up, driving the porcelain bus, morning sickness… vomiting is no fun. Want to get technical? Vomiting is the expulsion of the stomach contents through the esophagus and out the mouth. (And sometimes the nose, too. Whee!) Why is vomiting sometimes a good thing? It can get toxins out of the body and help ease stomach discomfort. Better out than in, as they say. Why is vomiting sometimes a bad thing? It’s gross. (Okay, that’s not medically bad, but I can’t think of any illness that makes me feel worse than throwing up.) The … Continue reading

Feeding Tips from the B&B

It’s not rare for clients to ask you for pet care advice when you work in a pet-centric business. This morning, I was chatting with a cat owner about ways she could encourage her kitty to gain weight. One of the things I suggested was good old baby food — a standby for our guests who have food allergies, dietary restrictions, or sensitive stomachs. Plain meat baby food is usually appealing to cats but still gentle on the stomach… so it’s often a winner when a guest won’t eat or isn’t feeling quite right. The client was surprised that she … Continue reading

Safety Tips for Baby on the 4th of July

If you are American, you are undoubtedly preparing for your 4th of July celebration. Either you are going elsewhere to celebrate or you are getting ready to host your own big party. Lucky me, I’m going to go to the courthouse today to attempt to get out of jury duty next week. But with that aside, we too are planning on traveling tomorrow and partaking in my father in law’s company’s large Independence Day picnic. However, did you know that the 4th of July is one of the busiest times of year for emergency room physicians? After our incident last … Continue reading

Week in Review: Canned Foods and Babies

This week we have learned about storing canned foods and preparing for baby’s needs during an emergency. Here is a brief synopsis of each article in case you missed any of them. What Do the Dates on Your Canned Foods Mean? The codes on our canned foods sure can be confusing! What do they mean, and can they tell you how long your food will last on your shelf? Here are a few tips for deciphering the codes on your cans. How Long Will Your Canned Foods Last? It is tricky to guess how long you might be able to … Continue reading

Special Considerations for Storing Baby Foods

If you have a baby in the house, it is important to consider what baby will need in an emergency. As with many stored foods, the nutritive value of canned foods slightly decreases over time. For most people this is not a big problem, but for infants those vitamins and nutrients are more crucial. It is also more important to keep your foods fresh and safe for feeding to baby. Here are some points to consider when storing food for babies and toddlers: Look ahead. Unless you want to have to update your baby’s emergency food supply every couple of … Continue reading

Making Baby Foods from Stored Foods

It is important to remember baby’s needs when planning for emergencies. There are a couple of different approaches you may choose to take in order to provide for baby when it is most critical. You may choose to store ready-to-eat baby foods, but you also may want to know how to make your own baby foods from other stored items. The ingredients for these foods generally store longer than the canned baby foods, and of course they are more versatile. Things like rice, wheat, and dehydrated vegetables can be used for making baby foods and in cooking meals for the … Continue reading

Maintaining Your 72-Hour Kit

Recently, my husband and I went through our 72-hour kit of food that we had’?t touched for probably two years. Not surprisingly, all of the food was pretty much inedible. I mean, I know beef jerky is suppose to be tough, but I don’t think it’s suppose to shatter into hundreds of pieces when you hit it against a hard surface. We realized that we should have been more responsible and replaced the food regularly. Had we experienced an emergency where we needed to use our kits, we would at least have had something, but it would have been pretty … Continue reading

What to Put in a Basic 72-Hour Kit

Here is a basic list for putting together your family’s 72-hour disaster supply kit. Make sure to think about your family’s unique needs when tailoring this list to your own situation. Also consider your climate and what would be helpful to have to protect you from the elements. Water At a minimum, you should have one gallon of water for each person included in your kit. FEMA recommends two. These can be in one-gallon containers or smaller bottles for easier drinking. Buy unopened bottles instead of filling your own water. Three days’ supply of food Store three days of food. … Continue reading