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. Pediatrician Dr. Oliver Tang, 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 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