It’s extremely important to have a first aid kit in your home and when you travel. Accidents happen, and kids tend to get hurt. But what should your kit contain? Especially a kit that you are travelling with won’t be able to hold every medication and first aid supply on the market. So what do you leave out? It can be overwhelming. Here are the things that I have found most useful in a first aid kit.
I have a very active toddler. And husband, for that matter. I, myself, am quite clumsy and accident-prone. Add these up, and you get many scrapes, bumps, scratches, and bruises. So the very first thing I always make sure to have in a first aid kit is bandages. I like to keep a variety of shapes and sizes because not all injuries will fit under a small bandage.
I also like to keep bandages with cartoon characters on them for my son. He doesn’t like getting “boo-boos” and is terrified of bandages for some reason. However, it is usually less of a fight if the bandage has his favorite Paw Patrol pup on it, or Minions, for example.
It is important with scratches, cuts, and scrapes that they stay clean to avoid infection. I like to keep hydrogen peroxide to clean any wounds we may encounter. This is typically the part that kids hate the most, but as a child, I always thought it was cool to watch it bubble up.
Creams, Ointments, and Lotions
Ointments, like Neosporin, can also help prevent infection and help with healing. Since my child is a bit of a drama-queen about injuries, crying every time he notices one, even if its almost completely healed, the faster we can heal up, the better in my book.
Rashes happen. Especially in children. And nothing makes an itchy rash worse than a child feverishly scratching at it. Bug bites can also cause nasty itching. Even as an adult, I struggle to keep from itching mosquito bites. Calamine lotion is a life saver for itchy skin. It will help soothe the itch quickly.
If you are traveling, or spending a lot of time outdoors, or camping, you will definitely want to have this on hand.
The best aloe comes directly from the plant itself. However, if you don’t have a green thumb, or need to keep some for on-the-go, you can find aloe lotion sold in any store. Aloe works very well for soothing burns. It will help anything from a sunburn to any other minor burn. For severe burns, always seek medical attention.
To me, nothing is worse than a burn. I cook a lot and burn myself more often than I’d like to admit. It’s horrible. The pain can last for what seems like forever. The quicker you treat a burn, the quicker you will feel some relief, and the less likely you will be to have scarring.
*Side Note: Years ago, I worked in a restaurant, and I learned a trick to soothe minor burns. Dairy. Applying plain yogurt or sour cream to a burn and allowing it to sit will help take the sting away quickly. You can’t really keep these items in a first aid kit, but it’s still good info to have.
Medications containing acetaminophen are great for helping relieve minor aches and pains, and reduce fever. This is why I always keep some in my first aid kit. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. I keep adult tablets, and a bottle of the liquid children’s formula on-hand.
Always check with your doctor or pediatrician for the proper dosages, especially for children. Children’s medication is often dosed by weight, and not by age.
Ibuprofen is an NSAID. It has anti-inflammatory effects. This medication is great for aches from inflammation. It can also be used as a fever-reducer. Popular brands of ibuprofen are Advil or Motrin. They sell adult capsules, and liquid children’s medication.
Again, check with your doctor before giving this medication, as currently ibuprofen is not recommended for babies under 6 months of age.
This one I feel is super important to have in your first aid kit. Allergy medications, such as Benadryl, can be life-saving during an allergic reaction, and give you precious time to seek proper medical attention. With children, and even adults, you never know when an allergy can develop.
For example, a couple years back, my husband was in our back yard cutting the grass. He came inside, and his face was visibly swollen. He was having an allergic reaction to something he encountered outside. He took Benadryl, which eased the symptoms enough that he could go to a doctor, where he had to receive a steroid injection to stop the reaction.
My husband, in his 30’s, had never had an allergic reaction like that before. We still don’t even know what he’d reacted to. It could’ve been something in the air, a weed growing in the yard, or a bug bite he never even knew he’d had.
Now, especially with food allergies being on the rise, it’s very important to have this potentially life-saving medication on hand.
Another thing that is handy to have in your first aid kit is tweezers. They are excellent for removing splinters, bee stingers, thorns, or even ticks.
These are the Basics
There are many more items you can keep in your family first aid kit. These are the basics that I have found the most useful and necessary. Is there anything that I missed? Something you’ve found crucial that I haven’t encountered yet? Share them with me and the other readers in the comments below!
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