When it comes to kids, you really do have to be ready for anything. None more so than the inevitable bumps and scrapes that will occur at all ages – from toddlers wobbling over to little daredevils attempting fancy tricks on their scooter.
Having a first-aid kit at home will help you be prepared for life’s little dramas. It’s also a good idea to keep one in your car and a few bits in your changing bag for when you’re out and about. You can buy ready-made first-aid kits, which can be very handy, but you might also find you’ve got a lot of things you’ll never use.
You don’t need to free up an entire full-length cupboard to accommodate every single item you may ever need – just a few essentials should be enough to see you through:
- Plasters (various sizes and shapes)
- Different sized sterile gauze dressings
- Rolled bandages
- Triangular bandage
- Safety pins
- Sterile wipes
- Medical tape
- Thermometer (digital is best)
- Skin-soothing cream, such as My Little Sudocrem
- Cream to relieve insect bites and stings
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Painkillers suitable for the age of your child/children
- Antihistamine medicine
- Eye wash
- Sterile eye dressings
- Hot/cold compress
It’s also handy to keep a couple of ice packs in the freezer for bumps and bruises.
When you’re on the road, a scaled-down version of your home kit should be enough to deal with any minor cuts or bumps.
- Antiseptic wash
- Sterile gauze and medical tape
- Elastic bandage
- Adhesive bandages
- Instant cold packs
- Sting and bite cream
With any first-aid kit, make sure you check it regularly so you can replace items that have expired or you’re running low on.
Going on a first-aid course is a great idea to avoid too much panic if your little one hurts themselves. While some first aid is common sense, having a bit more knowledge could come in really handy one day – you just never know.