What Should Be In A First Aid Kit

There are many skills that you need to learn when it comes to taking care of your child and making sure they are safe. The most important first aid skill you can learn is prevention. Making sure you childproof your home and minimize the chances that they will suffer an injury should come first in your planning. This includes making sure all dangerous materials and items are high above their reach, making sure all furniture is sturdy and secure, and removing all choking hazards they might try and swallow.

But a big part of effective prevention is the knowledge that you can’t protect your child from everything, and that there will be times when they will get hurt. When you admit this to yourself you will realize you not only need to minimize your child’s potential for injury, but that you also need to have an emergency First Aid kit at the ready to quickly treat these injuries.

So what should be in a first aid kit? Here are the basics you need to include when putting together your first aid kit.

Simple First Aid Manual
You can’t expect to memorize every single first aid procedure out there, and you can’t expect to remember everything that you thought you learned in the frenzy of the moment when your child gets injured. Having a manual that will clearly spell out what you need to do to treat the most common injuries is mandatory.

On the inside cover of this manual, make sure you write down all the emergency numbers that you (or someone watching your child) would ever need to know.

Individualize Your Kit
In addition to writing down the numbers of all emergency organizations and contacts your child might need, it’s important you also write out a list of every allergy your child has, every medication that they take, every medication that might interact negatively with your child, and a list of all conditions that your child suffers from.

You also want to include small portions of all medications that your child might personally require – from pills and creams to inhalers. Make sure your kit covers every possible contingency that your child is individually likely to find themselves in. Ideally anyone will be able to pick up your emergency kit and be able to treat your child properly and safely.

Don’t Forget the General Items

While it’s important you include medications and notes pertaining specifically to your child, you shouldn’t do so at the expense of more generally necessary first aid items. Antibiotic cream is a necessity, as are band-aids and bandages. Include a mild pain reliever like ibuprofen and over the counter cough and cold medications. It’s wise to include tape and a small pair of scissors (for your bandages), as well as both hot and cold packs.

You will also need to include plenty of materials for cleaning up wounds and injuries, such as antiseptic wipes, and sterile gloves to wear while you treat those sensitive areas.

Make Sure Everything Is Up-To-Date

Check your First Aid kit once a week to make sure that none of the medications included in your kit have expired. You also want to make sure that all of your materials like bandages and bandaids are fresh and up to date. While most items in your kit will last a very long time, you don’t want to find that a needed item is past its prime when your child has an injury to treat.

Every time you check your kit you should also make sure that all of the information included is accurate and up to date. Make note of changing providers, phone numbers, medications and allergies as soon as possible.

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