As your baby becomes more mobile, it is a sensible idea to ensure that you have at least one first aid kit in the home. You may also find that you need a mini first aid kit in your changing bag or in your car. You may find it easiest to purchase a ‘ready-made’ first aid kit from a chemist or supermarket and then add any essentials that you need or you may decide to create your own first aid kit.
It is vital that a first aid kit is able to be closed and fastened securely and then kept out of reach (and if possible out of sight) from babies and children.
What should be in a first aid kit?
There are many different items which could go into your family first aid kit. Your first aid kit should always include a first aid book or manual which you have read previously. Here is our list of some of the other essentials:
- Important contact numbers – your doctor, dentist, local hospital, someone who can babysit
- Any extra prescribed medication if required such as asthma inhaler or epipen
- Child thermometer
- Children’s liquid paracetemol or ibuprofen including instructions and measuring spoon or syringe
- Antiseptic cream
- Antiseptic wipes
- Plasters in a selection of sizes
- Scissors to cut plasters if required
- Calamine lotion
- Insect repellent
- Antihistamine cream
- Saline solution and an eye bath
- Bump cloths – these may be the kind you store in the fridge
- An assortment of bandages
- Adhesive tape
- Disposable sterile gloves
It is important to check your first aid kit every few months even if you have not used it as some of these products may go out of date.