Car accidents are terrifying to experience, even more so when you’ve got your kids in the car.
While we rely on safe vehicles and car seats to keep our children safe, there’s one small factor that most parents overlook. What would happen to your child if you were knocked unconscious during a crash? Who would tell the first responders crucial information like your child’s name, address, and date of birth? What about if your child is allergic to any medications?
One mom came up with a simple but incredibly smart solution to this scary hypothetical situation.
Kaitlyn Lawson, an EMT with the Frankton Ambulance Service in Anderson, Indiana, shared her tip on Facebook to raise awareness. Now, parents everywhere are having an “a-ha” moment and realizing they never ever thought to do this, but it could end up saving their children’s lives someday.
“Way too often do firefighters come upon a car wreck with child(ren) in the car who are too young to have any info and parents are unconscious. It takes 2 minutes of your time to write out child’s name, DOB, parents’ names, DOB, emergency contacts and any medical conditions, any meds your child is on and even child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat. This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life.”
Kaitlyn’s post was shared hundreds of times, and nearly every parent who saw the message couldn’t believe they’d never thought to do this!
Another mom named Alexis from Cincinnati, Ohio saw Kaitlyn’s post and decided to share it on Twitter, spreading the message even further.
“If just a piece of paper with a little information on it could possibly save his life some day, it was worth the couple minutes to write out,” she said.
Isn’t it always the simplest solutions that are the most useful? This is just one more easy thing we can do to ensure our kids are safe, even if we’re incapacitated.
Be sure to share this potentially life-saving hack today!