The majority of illnesses and accidents in children happen between the ages of one and four. Bumps, bruises, aches, pains and fevers are all likely to happen in your baby's first years. Hong Kong Pediatrician Dr. Oliver Tang 鄧秀碩醫生, has given us a list of must-haves for a baby first-aid kit. Most children will inevitably have a minor illness or accident at home, and that is part of growing up. Being prepared can go a long way toward keeping them safe!
Storage: Store your kit in a waterproof case labelled 'first aid' that is kept out of reach of children but easily accessible for adults. Maintenance: Expired medication should be replaced and bandages kept sterile.
Make sure that the following phone numbers + addresses are available in your kit and to every family member and your helper:
In a baby first aid kit, there should be disposable sterile gloves, thermometer, saline drops, tweezers, a pair of scissors, nasal aspirator, alcohol swabs, plasters, bandages, adhesive tapes, baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen, antiseptic cream and other medical supplies specific for babies.
It is advisable to keep a baby first aid kit at home to prepare for any minor illnesses or accidents that may happen to your baby. Statistically, children aged 0–4 are more prone to minor illnesses or injuries at home such as bumps, bruises, aches and fevers.
Keep your kit in a place highly accessible to adults in a waterproof case with a clear “first aid” label. Make sure it is not accessible by children for safety reasons.
Dr. Oliver Tang 鄧秀碩醫生 currently practices at Children at 818. Doctor Tang received his medical training from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Throughout his years of service in the public sector, he acquired skills in general pediatrics, neonatology and intensive care work, before joining the private sector. He holds diplomas in Child Health, Family Medicine, Dermatology, and is a member of the UK Colleges of Child Health. He is a recognized mentor in pediatrics, focussing on newborn care and children with respiratory diseases and allergies.
Article updated on June 4, 2019.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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