If there is a toddler around, you never know what might happen. Tumbles, falls and scrapes are part of the daily trials. The best way to be sure that you are prepared to handle these common emergencies is to be ready to perform basic first aid for common problems such as choking and bee stings. Do not forget to keep a fully-stocked first aid kit at home as well as one in the car as well as a portable kit that can be taken everywhere especially during vacations.
Always bear in mind that there are essential items to include when creating an emergency first aid kit specifically for young children. You might find commercially-available kits for children but you can easily create your own kit.
First aid manual
It is recommended to have a comprehensive guide at home to look through every now and then. You can also check for tips online but might end up with contradicting advice from a number of experts. In addition, if there is a power shortage, you are left without any access to information that you might need during health issues and accidents.
If you have enrolled in a first aid course, this is an added advantage since you are already familiar with the basic measures to perform for minor injuries or conditions.
In case your child has a medical condition that requires the use of specific medications, make sure that you will include an extra supply in the emergency first aid kit. In addition, you have to keep these general medications on hand at all times in order to treat sudden illnesses or injuries.
- Pain medications for children (ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen)
- Antiseptic wash
- Antihistamine suitable for children such as Benadryl
- Calamine lotion
- Antibiotic ointment
- Water-soluble burn ointment
- Eye wash solution to flush out the eyes
The vital item in an emergency first aid kit for young children is bandages. You should include a large pack of multi-sized adhesive bandages preferably those that are colorful or printed with favorite cartoon characters. These bandages can help calm a child as well as take away his/her attention from the injury. Other things to add in the kit include the following:
- Adhesive tape
- Gauze pads
- Ace bandage or other elastic bandage
The essential tools to pack in a first aid kit for young children include the following:
- Dry towels
- Latex gloves
- Thermal blanket
- Emergency ice pack
- Pocket flash light with batteries
- CPR breathing barrier shield
Always remember to regularly check the first aid kit and replace items that have been used or those that are damaged or expired. You do not want to be caught unprepared during emergencies just because you forget to stock up your first aid kit.