Have you ever thrown together a first-aid kit without much planning? How long has it been since you checked the expiration dates on all your supplies? You might be surprised to learn that you have old supplies, even expired medications in your kit! By creating a baby’s first aid kit in advance, it will give you peace of mind knowing that there are no surprises when you need the items at a time of need.
Nobody likes to think about it, but there will be times when you or a loved one will need first aid. But what happens when you need one? And even worse, what happens when there is none available?
What Should I Put In My Baby First Aid Kit?
As a new parent, you should be aware of the importance of having a baby’s first aid kit. It is always better to be prepared than not. No one wants to consider how they will respond in case of an emergency, but if you have a baby first aid kit everything is prepared for you and you can focus on what is most important – your baby’s health.
In the event of an emergency, the first aid kid may be the difference between life and death for your precious baby. Having a kit to deal with minor injuries is important even if you live in a place like San Diego where emergencies are rare. It’s a good idea to gather supplies once your baby arrives home from the hospital, but many parents put off creating one.
- Rectal Thermometer
A rectal thermometer with a flexible tip and a protective case. Digital rectal thermometers are the most accurate and give you instant results. They are used for armpits or mouth and may be useful if your baby is too young for rectal temperatures.
- Tweezers and Scissors
Tweezers for removing splinters or ticks safely and scissors (with rounded ends) for cutting bandages etc.
- Rubbing Alcohol
A bottle of rubbing alcohol and cotton balls or soft cloths to clean the thermometer after each use.
- Pain Reliever
An over-the-counter topical pain reliever can help a baby with a teething rash or a sore bottom from a diaper rash.
Children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol) suspension for fever and pain relief. Make sure it is for babies under 2 years old — older children’s medication may be toxic to infants and toddlers.
Children’s ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) suspension for fever and pain relief in babies over 6 months old only (make sure it is dosed appropriately for your child’s weight). This medicine should not be given to infants younger than 6 months of age without talking to your doctor first because it can sometimes cause kidney problems in very young children.
- Emergency Contacts
A list of emergency numbers, including the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222), your pediatrician’s phone number, and your local emergency services number. The Poison Control Center number goes on every refrigerator, so write it down more than once.
There are also several apps available for iPhone and Android that give you access to the Poison Control Center number anywhere you have a signal. (Note: The National Institutes of Health does not recommend including aspirin in your first aid kit.)
- Antiseptic Wipes, cotton wool, etc.
Antiseptic wipes, soap, an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, and tweezers. You’ll use these to clean wounds or remove splinters or ticks.
Cotton wool balls, sterile eye pads, and eyewash solution for accidental splashes into the eyes.
- Antibiotic Ointment
Antibiotic ointment is perfect for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. It’s also useful for preventing diaper rash.
- Plasters, Gauze, and Bandages
Gauze and tape are ideal for covering wounds. Choose nonstick gauze that won’t stick to little fingers or toes when bandaged.
Keep adhesive bandages on hand in several sizes, especially the tiny ones designed to cover small fingertips and toes. Just make sure they have an easy-open tab so they’re not too tough to remove from the package when you need them most.
Plasters or strips of hypoallergenic tape (a type that won’t normally irritate sensitive skin) in different sizes for small cuts. Try to avoid using fabric plasters on young babies as they can irritate the skin when wet with sweat or saliva.
Many of the items above are pretty self-explanatory. You’ll want to stock up on plenty of diapers, wipes, and baby washcloths, as well as onesies and other clothing that’s easy to put on and take off.
A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and equipment you would use to give first aid. You can buy ready-made kits or put together your own. If you are buying a kit, make sure it includes everything on the checklists below.
You should have one kit for home and one for the car (and another at work or school if you spend a lot of time there). Keep the home kit in an easy-to-reach place, like on a shelf in the kitchen or bathroom.
Once you have bought or made your kit, check its contents regularly to make sure nothing has expired. You may need to replace things that have been used up. You may also want to add other items that suit your family’s needs.
Bottom – Baby First Aid Kit Is A MUST!
First aid kits seem boring and unnecessary until you need one. A baby first aid kit can provide you with a number of benefits including being able to respond quickly to an emergency situation. While it can be tempting to buy a pre-made kit, you’re better off putting together your own custom kit that reflects your child’s specific needs.