Scrapes and bruises are common occurrences for curious kiddos exploring their fascinating yet unfamiliar world! Although it can be nerve-wracking, especially for first-time parents, boo-boos and ouchies are totally normal. The important thing is to be fully prepared to take care of any injuries or other mishaps in the best way possible to keep your child safe and healthy. That is why every parent needs a well-stocked first aid kit for kids. But what are the necessary items for staying thoroughly prepared? To help, we have broken down the essential items for home first aid kits, so you can get started creating the ultimate medical toolbox for your family!
The first thing you might think of when reaching for a home first aid kit is taking care of cuts and scrapes. This might be the primary use for your box of helpful goodies. So, in order to take care of those wounds properly, be sure to include an antiseptic solution like hydrogen peroxide and an antibiotic ointment to remove germs from any scratches or wounds before dressing them.
Keep soap, sanitizer, alcohol wipes, and antiseptic wipes on hand as well to make sure both you and your child are cleaned up before getting hands near the injury. To wrap it up, be sure to have a variety of sizes of bandages such as sterile gauze pads, adhesive bandages, and elastic bandages. Don’t forget to include adhesive tape to secure any loose dressings!
Common accidents like falling down, getting mild burns, or having a headache can be really painful! To keep your child comfortable, it can be beneficial to have pain relievers in your kit. To find the best fit, talk to your family’s pediatrician about the right over-the-counter medications to use for various circumstances. This will often depend on the age, type of pain, and medical history of your child.
Many parents will have acetaminophen and ibuprofen on hand for pain relief and fever reduction. Just make sure anything you give your child is approved for children and is given at the proper dosages for your child’s age and situation. Keep in mind, aspirin should not be given to children under the age of twelve. It is also important to have topical pain relievers or numbing creams on hand in the event of a burn. It is always tough to see your child in pain, but with the right preparation, they are likely to be feeling much better very soon!
A key part of the best home first aid kits is all about allergies! If your child is prone to seasonal sniffles, rashes, or reacts to certain foods, stock up on all the important medications that your child might need. This might include Benadryl or other allergy pills for children as recommended by your pediatrician.
Remember, for some allergy medications, a side-effect can be drowsiness. So, keep that in mind if choosing which medication and at what time of day to offer it to your child. For skin reactions, keep calamine lotion and 1% hydrocortisone cream in your kit to ease the itch. If your child has serious allergies, be sure to always have an epi–pen available, close on hand, in the event of a reaction.
As your child explores the outdoors, it’s crucial to be prepared to face the elements. Make sure your kids first aid kit includes sunscreen, lip balm, lotion, and bug spray. With these products, your child can combat dry skin, protect against the sun, and avoid those pesky bug bites, especially in the summertime.
While protective clothing and sunscreens are always important anytime your child is in the sun, accidents happen. In case of a sunburn, keep aloe vera gel on hand to treat inflamed skin. When fully prepared, you’ll feel the relief, knowing that your little one can adventure with confidence!
Any well-stocked first aid kit for a child’s best health and safety requires a set of important tools. For taking care of wounds, you’ll need a sharp pair of scissors, safety pins, and a few pairs of non-latex gloves. In the event of a splinter, keep tweezers and a magnifying glass in your kit as well. A few other items to include are a splint for injuries and a thermometer to check for fevers. You might also wish to keep a blanket in your kit in case of a chill or potential hypothermia. A flashlight might come in handy if your family is on vacation and a wound needs dressing in the dark. Be sure to keep a few extra batteries to be sure it will be ready when you need it.
You might also like to include a mouthpiece for CPR. For injuries, have instant cold packs handy to ice affected areas and keep inflammation down. In case a bad fall leads to the loss of an adult tooth in an older child, one key item is a tooth preservation kit. It might seem like a lot to think about, but each tool can truly come in handy when unexpected or unfortunate circumstances arise!
At Coastal Kids Pediatrics, we believe that staying prepared in case of an accident, injury, or emergency is essential for supporting an environment of health and safety of your family. We recommend that you check your home first aid kit regularly to restock, replace expired materials, and make sure your manual is up to date. Always bring the kit with you on vacations, explain it well to any babysitters, and leave it out of reach of children when it is not in use.
Whether your child encounters a burn, scrape, bruise, fever, or any other challenging circumstance, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your passionate pediatrician about any specific products or tools for your family to keep on hand for the best home first aid kit for kids. To make an appointment, visit us at www.coastalkids.com.