First Aid kits are so important to have around, especially when kids are involved. A well-stocked first aid kit should be kept within easy reach and should be put together ahead of time so you are able to handle emergencies immediately when they occur.
It’s a good idea to keep one first aid kit in your home and one in your car because you always want to be prepared. You can purchase first aid kits at drugstores or you can put together your own.
Kids like to climb trees, run around, ride on skateboards and roller blades, so cuts and scrapes are common in any event where these things are taking place. Also, more serious injuries can occur at any time. Even if the kids need more serious medical attention, having a fully stocked first aid kit is good to have on hand to treat the injury immediately or to keep it stable before you get to the hospital.
Contents of a First Aid Kit for Kids
- first-aid manual
- sterile gauze pads of different sizes
- adhesive tape
- adhesive bandages in several sizes
- elastic bandage
- a splint
- antiseptic wipes
- antibiotic ointment
- antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
- hydrocortisone cream (1%)
- acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- extra prescription medications
- sharp scissors
- safety pins
- disposable instant cold packs
- calamine lotion
- alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
- tooth preservation kit
- plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs)
- flashlight and extra batteries
- a blanket
- mouthpiece for administering CPR
- your list of emergency phone numbers
Tips for Putting Together a First Aid Kit
If you plan to put together your own first aid kit, be sure to choose a container that is roomy, durable, and easy to carry and open. Tackle boxes or containers that are used for holding art supplies are usually good for creating first aid kits. These containers are usually lightweight, have handles and have enough space for you to organize all the supplies you need. If you kids have any medications that you need to always have on hand, it’s a good idea to keep some in your first aid kit, just be sure to check expiration dates on them periodically. It is also a good idea to keep antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape and bandages, cold packs and tweezers in both your home and car first aid kits, amongst several other important supplies.
If you are to purchase a first aid kit to have handy when the kids are around it’s really important to read the first aid manual in its entirety so you know how to use all of the kit’s contents. If you kids are old enough to understand what the kit is used for, go over the manual with them also. Put the kit in a place where it is easily accessible and let everyone in your family know where it is. Check your kit every so often to make sure items aren’t missing, medicines aren’t expired and batteries are intact. If you are planning to fly with your family and want to take a first aid kit on the plane, pack it in your checked luggage, most of the items will not be allowed on the