The blog post today is going to be a little different. Usually, I focus on first-aid kits for things like camping, or for your bug out bag. Today we’re going to change it up a little and go over some aspects of how your first-aid kit can be optimized to handle medical emergencies with children. If you have kids (or are around them a lot), it is important to be prepared to handle kid-related first-aid situations.
Even more vital, however, is training. If you don’t have any first-aid training, sign up for a class today!
With all that being said, whether you bought a ready-made kit or are building your own from scratch (good for you!), here are 6 kid-related tips for your first-aid kit:
- Go through the medications in your first-aid kit and make sure you have child doses of each drug that you may need to administer to a child. Many off-the-shelf first-aid kits only have adult doses of medications. As a minimum, have child doses of a painkiller/NSAID (e.g. Motrin), and an antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl).
- Add a few colorful band-aids to your kit. With young children, a fun band-aid can magically help them feel better if they have a minor injury! Also, kid band-aids are generally less sticky which makes them less painful to remove down the road.
- Make sure that your antiseptic ointment (e.g. Neosporin) is non-stinging.
- Consider having an infant/child CPR mask or face shield in your kit if you have the space for it.
- Make sure that you have some burn cream (e.g. Water Jel) in your first-aid kit. Because of their relatively sensitive skin, burns are more likely (and will be more severe) with infants and children than adults.
- Write down the poison control number (in the U.S. it’s 1-800-222-1222) and keep it in your kit. Even if you think you have it memorized, your mind can still go blank in an extremely stressful situation!