Whether at home or away, minor accidents and illnesses occur. Be prepared by stocking a compact, insulated, carrying case—clearly labeled (KIDS’ FIRST-AID)—with the following items. I suggest going over the list with your pediatrician.
- Medication(s) specific to your child
- Small pair of safety scissors
- Adhesive tape
- Adhesive, non-stick bandages and strips in a variety of sizes
- Antiseptic solution (hydrogen peroxide works well)
- Antibacterial ointment
- Ice pack (reusable type)
- Elastic or ACE bandage
- Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
- Oral or ear-insertion thermometer
- Ibuprofen (syrup or chewable tablets)
- Antihistamine (syrup or chewable tablets) for allergic reactions
- Measuring spoon, dropper, or calibrated medicine cup for dispensing medication
- Calamine lotion for poison ivy and bug bites
- “1%” hydrocortisone cream for itching and rashes
- Disposable gloves
- List of pertinent medical history (e.g. allergies, medication allergies, chronic conditions, etc.), health insurance, immunization records, pediatrician’s contact info, and poison control number
In addition to the kit, parents should carry safe water and snacks; ORS (oral rehydration solution); waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizer; child-safe hand wipes; diaper rash ointment; and a water- and insect-proof ground sheet for outdoor play.
Be sure to inventory your kit every few months. Medications and supplies that have expired must be replaced. Keep your first-aid kit out of reach of children.