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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:36 am | Updated: 3:18 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Cave Creek mom hopes to take some of the stress and fear out of childhood injuries with a first-aid kit designed with children in mind.

The MediBag is filled with all the things a parent might need to treat ailments such as bee stings and bruised knees, but what sets it apart from other first-aid kits is the way it appeals to children. Instead of fleshcolored bandages, there are bandages shaped like crayons in bright primary colors, for example. The bag is durable plastic, looks like an oldfashioned doctor’s bag, and is filled with compartments to keep everything organized and easy to find.

The idea for the bag came from creator Richelle Nassos’ experience of trying to treat the cuts and scrapes of her children and finding that it was more difficult than it should be.

“Every time there was an owie, there was so much drama involved,” she says.

After 2 1/2 years of research and testing the product with families, the product hit stores earlier this year.

“Kids love it,” Nassos says. “They want to open it up and find out what’s inside.”

The MediBag is available at USA Baby stores for about $20. Other recent

products for kids and families:

DIAPER CLUTCH

A Dallas company has found a way to blend form with function when it comes to diapers.

Diapees & Wipees is a pouch big enough to fit two to four diapers and some wipes and small enough to fit in a purse or a pocket. The product was created to eliminate the need for unwieldy diaper bags on errands.

Patterns include Green Camouflage, Eiffel Tower and Black Disco Dots, all created with the idea of complementing a mom’s personal style — and her handbag. There are also patterns designed for Dad, so he can take care of the kids without toting a man-purse.

Invented by mom Christina Rein, the product is hot with stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner and Courteney Cox seen using it. Diapees & Wipees retails for about $15.

COLD REMEDY

Just in time for cold and flu season, RaZbaby has a product to soothe babies when they have the sniffles. The Vapor-Raz is a pacifier with a twist — it comes with a small, padded strip that is placed inside the pacifier and contains menthol and eucalyptus. Vapors are released over a period of eight hours to help clear a baby’s sinuses. You can buy the pacifiers at Wal-Mart, CVS and Burlington Coat Factory for about $6.

Resources MediBag

www.me4kidz.com

Available at USA Baby, 3143 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, (480) 897-2229, or 4848 E. Cactus Road, Suite 800, Phoenix, (480) 897-2229

Diapees & Wipees

www.diapeesandwipees.com

Available at Kid to Kid, 5030 E. Ray Road, Phoenix, (480) 753-3506, or 8664 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, (480) 556-9781

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