Monday, September 22, 2014

Stocking your kid friendly first aid kit

One of the most important things that you can do to prepare yourself as a parent is to ensure that you have a quality first aid kit. You could go many months without needing one at all, but when the time comes that your child has an accident you will be so grateful that you invested the time and money creating one before you needed it. During those moments when you need to be there for your child, the last thing you want to be thinking about through the haze of panache and rush of emotions is where was that ice pack? Do I have any band aids left? Or worse, having to rush out to the chemist while your little one is in pain.

The quickest and easiest way to build your kit is to buy a pre-made basic family kit and add to that. First aid kits are widely available from most outdoor or home improvement stores and even Big W usually stock a variety or kits. We picked up both our home and car kits from Super Cheap Auto for a fairly reasonable price. Buying a pre-made kit first, ensures you don't have to think of everything and will ensure you have most of the necessities such as bandages, alcho wipes, tweezers, slings, eye wash, dressing, gloves, a first aid guide... the list goes on. 

Once you have a good basic kit then you can start adding the other important stuff that are really essential when you have kids around. I personally added:

  • Burn Aid- for burns.
  • Antiseptic cream and powder.
  • Stingose- for those stings and bites.
  • Migraine Kool'n'soothe sheets- for fevers and temperatures.
  • Character bandaids- (believe me... these work wonders keeping bandaides on toddlers who will pull regular ones of immediately)
  • After sun lotion/gel/spray- for those days when you get caught with no sunscreen.
  • At least two icepacks- for bumps and bruises. (I strongly recommend a novelty character one as well. My toddler outright refused to use our regular one. I invested in a "Hootabell" one and she actually likes using it now)
  • Nurofen and panadol.
  • A heat/wheat pack- for aches and pains.
  • Hydralyte iceblocks- for mouth injuries and in case of dehydration.
  • A good thermometer.
  • Kids cough, cold and throat lollypops.
  • Vicks vapor rub- for those sniffles.
I know those last few are more for illnesses but I think it is really worth while having those on hand as well because your child can go to bed one night feeling fine and wake up the next morning with a full fledged cold. (Check out my Illness Bible post)

Finally once you have your contents get a recognizable container or bag to put it all in and place it somewhere easily accessible and easy to find so in those times of emergency that is one less thing you have to think about.

Something else to remember is that when you run out or use something from your kit, always replace it straight away. That way you don't forget or get caught off guard the next time you encounter a similar incident. And I can not stress enough the importance of taking a first aid course. Most towns offer courses regularly through their ambulance or specialty training businesses. They usually cost around the $120 mark and is usually a several hour class, but you will be thanking yourself if you ever find yourself or someone you care about in a situation that needs help. 

What do you have in your first aid kit that I might have forgotten?

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