Prepping For The Youngins

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Prepping For The Youngins

Postby UnderDude » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:46 pm

This is a tough one. If we have to leave home how much food is a good minimum?
I make the boy fresh food myself at home but it doesn't have a long shelf life, even when frozen. Store bought food lasts much longer, but the packaging is a pain in the ass. It's jars or pouches, which takes up a lot of room and adds a lot of weight. I currently store 15 days worth of jar/pouch food and a few boxes of dried stuff (Like oatmeal and rice cereals).
The young also need a lot of water.
The goal is 21 days worth if bugging out and 3 months worth if bugging in.
For you parents out there, what other (different) foods should I consider adding?
Is there a difference between nescessary water intake for adults and small children?
Is evaporated milk needed or just a luxury?
Is Pedialite a luxury as well?
As for diapers (Which would occupy most of his storage area), how many should be stored?
Should I add children's pain relievers and other Meds?
Should I add a chest/back carrier to tote him around?
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby Red Star » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:04 pm

Tough keeping kids functioning on the road. A thought about diapers, learning to utilize cloth ones and maintain them might prove beneficial trying to travel lighter. It's a dirty job, but it served well for centuries. :idea:
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby Bob » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:50 am

My only advice is lots of Children Tylenol for bringing down fevers.
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby zombreach » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:02 pm

You'll need both Tylenol and Ibuprofen--they can be given alternately every 4 hours for tough fevers. I also concur with Red--practice using cloth diapers--they are reusable! You will need a plastic pull-up to go over the cloth diaper also to prevent leaks. Also, don't forget diaper rash cream.

I would recommend powdered milk over evaporated, if your son can tolerate the taste. Easier to tote around. I never used Pedialyte, so for me it is a luxury item.

As for carrying your son, a back/chest carrier would be ideal. I used a backpack type, but I am sure there are better types around now.
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby Red Star » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:10 pm

Yeah, what SHE said! :good post:
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby ConSeannery » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:25 pm

We actually use pedialyte on the football team. That stuff will make cramps basically melt away, its loaded with the kind of stuff you need to keep going long after you should have stopped.
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby Bob » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:35 am

I drank pedialite before the advent of sports drinks like Gatorade.
Back in the olden days we took salt tablets.
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby UnderDude » Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:58 pm

I still have a few of those in the bag.
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby Shelbyman82nd » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:18 pm

Zombreach makes good points. For me though, Pedialyte, or a field expedient electrolyte, is an absolute need. Dehydration kills a staggering amount of children (and adults for that matter,) in the 3rd world. Especially when everyone inevitably gets the craps and you are losing fluids rapidly. I also stock Flintstones vitamins. Since food is an unknown, and we may end up eating the same things for an undetermined amount of time, this can help fight malnutrition i.e. Scurvy. Kids are scary from a medical provider's standpoint because they compensate for illness/injury so well. Adults tend to gradually decline and you can tell when they are circling the drain pretty early, whereas kids will compensate, and compensate, and then crash hard and fast.

As for the carrier, they are worth spending the money to get a good one if you are carrying your kid a lot. I started with a Baby Bjorn which worked really well. He outgrew it though, and now I have a back carrier, but only because I have someone to watch my 6.
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Re: Prepping For The Youngins

Postby UnderDude » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:04 pm

Cool man
What other medical supplies does baby need when compared to adults?
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