Unexpected falls and injuries are inevitable for toddlers and children who remain active throughout the day. It is beneficial to keep a first-aid kit handy, so that you have the essential supplies and know what to do if such a situation arises.
A first-aid kit can be bought at pharmacies. But if you want to make one, make sure your kit has the following supplies. Your first-aid kit should contain sterile gauze pads of different sizes, adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic solution, soap, pain medications, safety pins, scissors, disposable cold packs, alcohol wipes, calamine lotion, thermometer, flashlight with batteries, list of emergency phone numbers, a blanket etc.
First-aid Instruction Sheet
Your kit should have this instruction sheet. Make sure to read this thoroughly beforehand to know what should be done in a particular situation. The first-aid manual will tell you when and how to use the various contents of your kit.
Maintaining your kit
Make sure you store one first-aid kit at home and one in each car. The kit should be easily accessible for adults, but away from reach of children. It is essential to keep checking your kit often. Replace used items and also throw away medicines that have expired or nearing the expiry date.
Knowing your child’s medical history
As a parent, it is essential to know the details of your children’s medical conditions, if any. It is also essential to keep their medical records handy, so that in case of an emergency hospitalization, the doctor gets to know the previous medical history. It is essential to know the name and dosage of any medication that your child might be taking and inform the same to the doctor. If your child has any drug allergies, you need to mention this to the doctor before any treatment is given.
Keeping other caregivers informed
If your child goes to daycare or school, it is essential to inform the caregivers your phone number. They should also have your child’s pediatrician’s contact number. This will help in emergency situations where the child needs immediate treatment and you cannot be reached. Keep the caregivers informed of any chronic illness your child might have. It will help them to coordinate with the doctor while giving treatment in your absence.
Maintaining a first-aid kit and your children’s medical records are not very difficult. They can be life-savers if an emergency situation arises. If you do not have these already, make sure to do it today.