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All of us should have a first aid kit with the essentials. Ideally you should have one in your vehicle and at least a small one at work and a good sized, comprehensive kit at home. Do you live in a tornado prone area? If so do you have one in your cellar or basement?
You should stock this kit with the obvious basics but have you considered the little ones? Don’t have little ones? In the event of an emergency or long term situation you might find that you have children to take care of, yours, the neighbors… …
Kids and adults have some needs that are the same but keeping one solely for kids is a good idea.
These items are great in a child’s first aid kit. You can conclude which items are appropriate and store them.
• Band aids and bandages
You’d be surprised how often little children get hurt. They fall down, get scrapes and cuts and they go through a lot of band-aids fast! Stock up on regular bandaids in different sizes and if you can add some ‘fun’ bandages you’ll be sure to get a smile.
Little children seem to catch colds and other ailments easily. Be sure to store child-safe anti-inflammatories to reduce fevers.
• Baby necessities
It doesn’t hurt to have some baby items on hand even if you don’t have or aren’t expecting a little one. Baby wipes come in handy in a multitude of ways. Add some baby lotion, diaper pins and cloth diapers. Cloth diapers were good enough for the older generations. They’re washable and reusable.
Add some diaper rash cream (which can be used for other symptoms on just about anyone) and a bulb syringe.
• Children’s thermometer
While a digital thermometer is easy to use you’ll need to stock at least one extra battery. To solve that problem, get an old fashioned glass thermometer or two and keep them in your first aid kit. The back of the hand to the forehead isn’t an ideal way to determine a fever. Plus with a thermometer you’ll know for certain how high their fever has gotten.
• Lip balm
Children with fevers may develop dry cracked lips. Keep some on hand or keep a substitute that can be used for other purposes such as Vaseline. .
• Hand sanitizer and latex gloves
When a little one is sick and you’re in a survival situation you’ll want to keep them and you as germ-free as possible. When handwashing isn’t an option you’ll be glad you had hand-sanitizer and disposable gloves to minimize the spreading of the infection. I buy my latex gloves by the box and store them in a magnetic dispenser on the back of a metal access door.
• Face Masks
Keep a few N-95 masks in the first aid kit. Should the area be smokey, dusty, or a high pollen count then the masks will help, especially If your child has sinuses or breathing issues.
• Calamine lotion, antiseptic cream, etc.
Keep some antibiotic creams on hand for cuts and scrapes. Calamine lotion is good for soothing rashes such as those from poison ivy and poison oak
Kids get splinters. Little children do not like you coming at their boo-boo with a flame disinfected needle. They just don’t! Keep some tweezers for removing foreign matter in wounds.
Besides these items, you may wish to add other items that you think your child may need in an emergency such as Vitamin C, their medications…
You, the parent or caregiver are the best person to decide on what needs to be available in a first aid kit. What have you used in the past year? Those items should certainly be in your kit.
Prepare your first aid kit well and place it in a safe place with easy access.