Sadly, the holiday season also spells a season of coughs, colds, flu, and some darn complications that come along for the ride. Usually, this is a short battle you can win hands down at home. But for an unlucky few, this can lead to a stressful trip to the ER. Ok, scratch that. When I say FEW, this can also mean half the neighborhood. So you best come prepared.
ER trips are never planned... obviously. But, as a parent, you must have that gift of forward-thinking (or in my case, paranoia) to be able to gear up physically and mentally on such short notice.
Don't forget to bring a plastic barf bag, too. Anything can happen in a nerve-racking situation.
ER trips --no matter what the reason, no matter what the season-- will always be filled with dread. But with a dash of level-headedness and a smidgen of grace under pressure, you can still make it somewhat less of a traumatic experience for your child.