First Aid Kit Essentials for Parents
As parents, we want the very best for our children, and that includes a quick recovery from scrapes and bumps. While we adore watching our little ones run around mindlessly with a smile on their face, such activities can result in grazes and cuts, which is why it’s advisable to have a fully stocked first aid kit on hand at all times.
If at all possible, it’s worth purchasing at least one kit for your home and another for the car because you can never predict when your toddler might take a tumble. However, buying first aid kits is only half the battle – finding the right supplies for the kids is the real challenge.
Some first aid kits come as standard, meaning they already contain most of the emergency supplies you’ll ever need for your little one. However, do you want to apply ointments containing alcohol or petroleum onto your youngster’s skin? And, do you know how to prevent oils and bacteria transferring from your body to your child’s wound?
At Little Peoples Place, you can trust us to prioritise your toddler’s well-being while we nurture their development, and because we put the ‘care’ into child care centre, we want to arm parents with the required knowledge to take action should their beloved little ones get into an accident. Below, we talk about first aid kid essentials, from the must-haves to the handy optional extras.
What You Need
Just as a car is useless without wheels, a first aid kit for toddlers is pointless without bandages, gauzes, and tweezers. Provided your first aid kid boasts the following essentials, you can rest assured you’re prepared for almost any emergency situation.
- Sterile Gauze
Sterile gauzes are the best first aid supply for stopping bleeding, being far more effective than plasters in most cases. You can fold gauzes to fit any wound – regardless of depth and width – correctly, and you can layer them to create as much coverage as necessary. Fortunately, sterile gauzes are far from expensive, but you shouldn’t remove them from their packaging until you need to use them as doing so compromises their sterility.
No first aid kit for toddlers is complete without bandages, and many parents already have a utility room cupboard fully stocked with bandages boasting cartoon character favourites. Unfortunately, cartoon characters don’t make bandages any more effective, but they may help keep your little one calm in the event of an accident. It’s a good idea to purchase latex-free bandages to prevent a potential allergic reaction.
- Medical Tape
If you ever need to secure gauze or a splint in place, then medical tape will be your best friend. However, don’t assume that you can save cash by substituting medical tape for standard household adhesive tape because such products usually aren’t sterilised, making them unsafe for use on open wounds.
- Latex-Free Gloves
It’s a good idea to use latex-free gloves when treating a toddler’s injury, especially if they’re not your child. If you don’t know somebody’s medical history, there’s a risk that blood-borne pathogens could spread and cause an infection. We suggest using latex-free gloves because many people have an allergic reaction to latex, and there are plenty of nitrile and vinyl options available.
- Gauze Roll
Gauze rolls allow you to wrap wounds while simultaneously applying pressure, which is ideal for slowing and eventually stopping any bleeding. Plus, they’re affordable, versatile, and long-lasting if they remain packaged until they’re needed, which is why we’d suggest having a few on hand at all times.
If your child gets a splinter or has a small shard of glass protruding from their skin, you’ll need to use tweezers to remove the foreign object to prevent an infection. However, don’t assume that the tweezers you use to pluck your eyebrows will do just fine. It’s vital for medical tweezers – just like all other health care supplies – to remain sterile, so, leave them in their packaging until they’re required, or consider purchasing inexpensive disposable tweezers.
In the previous section, we detailed the must-have first aid kit supplies for children, but there’s no reason why you can’t make your kits more practical by filling them with these optional extras:
- Cold Compress Pack
Cold compress packs, or ice packs, can reduce the swelling surrounding a wound, though the ice pack shouldn’t come into direct contact with the injury, especially if you intend to use it again. However, reusable cold compress packs are cost-efficient and effective, and they will stand the test of time if you follow the instructions carefully.
Whether or not to give your toddler ointments is a personal decision, but you should never treat other children with such products without parental consent because they are technically drugs, and they often contain chemicals that parents would prefer to avoid, such as parabens and petroleum. If you need to treat burns, you can find petroleum-free products that work just as well.
- Alcohol Pads
We’ve listed alcohol pads as an optional extra because they do the same job as regular anti-bacterial hand soap, which won’t sting your little one when applied. We recommend adding saline wound wash to the first aid kit in your car so that you’re always prepared to eliminate any microorganisms that could infect an open wound.
If you ever wish to treat your youngster with a cream or ointment, it’s wise to use q-tips. By using q-tips or a gloved finger, you prevent the spread of pathogens, and it’s cleaner to treat a wound using q-tips than your bacteria and oil-laden fingertips.
Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy
Treating a child’s injuries is a part of being a parent, and like it or not, it’s likely that your toddler will find themselves in a tumble at some point or another, and it’s difficult to keep an eye on them at all times. Fortunately, if you’re armed with a first aid kit filled with the essentials detailed in the previous sections, you’ll be ready to take action quickly in any situation.
If you happen to be looking for a child care centre that promises to keep your little one safe, you should contact one of our friendly professionals today. Rest assured; we monitor children at all times to keep them out of harm’s way, and we’ve earned a reputation for excellence thanks to our ability to help prepare youngsters for a bright future.