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!
Baby First-Aid Kit Checklist
1. Tools and sterilizers
- Disposable sterile gloves.
- Thermometer – both digital and ear or rectal.
- Age appropriate medication spoon or syringe.
- Nasal aspirator – for babies and children who are unable to blow their noses.
- Saline drops for nasal aspiration/cleaning eyes.
- Cold pack – kept in the freezer and applied to bumps to relieve swelling.
- Tweezers – to remove splinters and thorns.
- A pair of scissors for cutting bandages and gauze.
2. Swabs and bandages
- Alcohol swabs.
- Tubular bandages – to support joints.
- Sterile gauze – either rolls or pads.
- Adhesive tape to hold bandages in place.
- Small adhesive plasters – for minor cuts and blisters.
3. Medications and creams
- Baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen – reduces fever and eases pain (must be age appropriate). Children under the age of 19 years of age should not take aspirin.
- Antiseptic cream – to prevent infection and aid natural healing in cuts and grazes.
- Calamine lotion – soothes irritated skin, rashes and sunburns.
- Antihistamine cream – to soothe insect bites.
- Oral rehydration salts – to prevent diarrhea-related dehydration.
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.
Important baby emergency contact details
Make sure that the following phone numbers + addresses are available in your kit and to every family member and your helper:
- Your baby's doctor
- Nearest private hospital + nearest public hospital with an A&E
- 999 (HK emergency service number)
- Two close neighbors or friends
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.
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.
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