First Aid Kits

With babies come accidents and accidents always require the use of a first aid kit. If your baby is accident-prone, and at some point they will be, you will want a well-stocked and accessible first aid kit to mend your baby's cuts, bumps, and bruises.

The size of your first aid kit and its contents depend on your needs and lifestyle. Prepackaged first-aid kits are economical and contain many of the essential items you need, but not necessarily all of them. Starting with a purchased first aid kit and completing it with essential items that are missing will give you a well-stocked kit.

Alternately, you can create your own first aid kit, specifically tailored to your baby's needs. Another advantage to creating your first aid kit is that you will familiarize yourself with the items in your kit and know when and how to use them.

You may want a complete kit for home and a mini-kit to keep in your purse, diaper bag, or car so you always have first aid essentials on hand. If you want to make your own first aid kit, find a container that is simple to open, easy to carry, and durable. A plastic art supply box or tackle box will work nicely. A mini-kit will fit nicely in a zippered pouch or a plastic sandwich-sized container.

Besides medical supplies, you want to include all pertinent names and numbers. This may be the most important item in your kit. Write down all emergency names and numbers on a piece of paper or fabric, then tape, glue, or sew the contact information to the inside of your kit.

You will want to include the name and number for:
  • your family doctor or pediatrician.
  • your local hospital.
  • the American Association of Poison Control Centers' national emergency hotline: (800) 222-1222
  • your local emergency services, including police and fire stations.
  • your two closest neighbors or relatives who can provide immediate assistance, such as childcare for a sibling or a ride to the hospital.
  • your own cell phone number, your own home phone number, and your home address with the nearest cross street, in case someone else makes an emergency call from your home or car.

A first aid kit checklist can help you stock your first aid kit with all the items you need.

A basic first aid kit should, at the very least, include the following items:
  • Infant/child thermometers (both digital and ear or rectal)
  • Infant and children non-aspirin liquid pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen), as recommended by your pediatrician
  • Topical calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (1/2 percent) for insect bites and rashes
  • Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors
  • Hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts and scrapes
  • Petroleum jelly to lubricate rectal thermometers
  • Antibacterial cream for cuts and for scrapes
  • Tweezers for splinters and ticks
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • Infant/child sunscreen lotion
  • Infant/child insect repellent
  • Infant-/child-strength liquid decongestant, as recommended by your pediatrician
  • Nasal aspirator bulb for drawing mucous out of your baby's nose
  • An assortment of adhesive bandages in various sizes and shapes
  • Gauze rolls in 1/2 to 2 inch widths
  • Gauze pads in 2x2 and 4x4 inch squares
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Mild liquid soap
  • A medicine dropper, oral syringe, or calibrated cup or spoon for administering medicine
  • Tongue depressors to check sore throats
  • Heating pad
  • Hot-water bottle
  • Ice pack
  • First-Aid manual
  • Rehydration fluids to treat infant diarrhea.
  • If your infant is allergic to bee stings, peanuts, shellfish, or some other type of life-threatening allergy, an epinephrine kit should also be in your first aid kit.
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