The Goose is not the most graceful child. He is constantly falling down, tripping over cracks in the sidewalk, and falling off various pieces of furniture. The knees are worn out of all his pants (luckily, I have perfected the pants monster knee patch), and he is has more bruises, bumps and scrapes than I can count on two hands.
There you have it. My kid is a major klutz.
But that’s not the worst part. The worst part comes when he scrapes his knee, and I have to apply a bandage. It’s torture. And, in the event that I need to put antibiotic ointment (or worse – Bactine) to his wound, the screams and cries can be heard from miles away. It’s awful for him, but it is 10 times more awful for me.
Because The Goose is often in need of some type of medical attention, I have several first aid kits hanging around. One for the house, one for the garage, and one in each of our vehicles. Our first aid kits are stocked with the standard supplies needed to treat a superficial wound: bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze and adhesive tape, Benadryl, Motrin and Tylenol (for both kids and adults), latex gloves, tweezers, safety pins, bactine and Smarties.
You read that right. I keep Smarties in my first aid kit.
When The Goose gets hurt, I use Smarties to calm him down. They are especially helpful if he is worked up over a scratch or a scrape, and I need him to sit still so I can take a quick look at his injury. They are great at keeping him occupied, because it takes a bit of work to open them. And he eats them one at a time, so they keep him sitting for about two minutes, which is usually all the time I need.
The reason that I choose to keep Smarties in my first aid kit, rather than any other type of candy is because they don’t melt like chocolate, they don’t get sticky like a sucker, and they last a really long time. Plus, The Goose really loves Smarties (they are his favorite candy, after vanilla Tootsie Rolls). And that, my friends, is why I consider Smarties to be the most important item in my first aid kit.