WE need to have a Toddler First Aid Kit
The first thing you need for a toddler first aid kit is a box or bag or some kind of a container that keeps all of the following items in one place.
- Ear thermometer
- Children’s pain reliever as recommended by your doctor, to relieve fever and mild pain
- Antihistamines, as recommended by your doctor, for insect bites, hives, and allergic reactions
- Topical calamine lotion
- Rubbing alcohol swabs to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors
- Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes
- Saline nose drops to clear stuffy noses
- Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
- A pair of sharp scissors
- An assortment of adhesive bandage strips in various sizes and shapes (for children’s sensitive skin, get the less-sticky kind)
- Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide) and Gauze Pads (2 by 2 inches and 4 by 4 inches)
- Ice Pack for kids
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile cotton balls
- Elastic Bandages
- Non-latex gloves
- First-aid manual: American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care
- Hydrocortisone cream (.5%) for insect bites and rashes
Everyone with toddlers and preschoolers need a toddler first aid kit.
So, now that you have them, let me tell you why I am writing this post. Destini was out playing the other day and she cut her foot, at first I thought she had gotten a sticker or something in it from the grass, but it was more serious than that. She had gotten a pretty large cut in her foot from a peice of glass.
There was blood everywhere and she was freaked out by it. I had the dark washcloth that I had to search for and that helped her not “see” the blood anymore, and I had bandages, and I also had soap and water and antibiotic ointment. Now to what I did not have.
What I did not have was any of these things in a central location or bag that I could find. She is screaming and I am running around the house carrying a three yr old looking for stuff like wound wash. Crazy!
I wrote this post because I think sometimes we get complacent and think we have what we need for an emergency, but when it arises you find you don’t. We tend to think in two ways, very minor, like we need a band aid for a boo-boo, or very major, I can always call 911, but there are very in between times where we can do ourselves we just need the right tools.
A toddler first aid kit is different than an adult one, you need smaller things. Have you ever seen a full size ice pack on toddlers, they are just too big. Elastic bandages and band aids need to be smaller sized too, and don’t forget all of your oral medications need to be specific for the age group you are gathering this for.
I hope that you find this helpful. I hope that you make one for your home. With things going on its easy to get lazy about having things like this together but, as I was shown when it counts, you will be so glad you did.
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