First Aid Essentials for 2-6 Year-Old kids
Kids are surprisingly crafty about getting to into things they should not. Do no rely upon keeping your first aid kit on a high shelf. Pick up a lockable tool box and combination lock at a local hardware store. Choose the type of lock that allows you to set the code. Make the code something you will be able to remember quickly in an emergency. Keep the box locked at all times.
A typical home first aid kit should contain:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Adhesive bandages - pick up some decorative ones for the kids
- Cloth tape
- 2-3 Absorbent compress dressings (in a pinch feminine napkins will work)
- Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide
- Hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion
- Rolled bandages and gauze pads
- Oral thermometer
- Tweezers, scissors
- Tylenol and ibuprofen (kid and adult)
- Safety pins
- Saline solution (to rinse eyes)
- Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by doctor or poison control)
- Anti-diarrheal medicine
- Over-the-counter oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Prescription medicines that do not require refrigeration
- Syringe, medicine cup or measuring spoon
- A small flashlight and batteries
Once you have assembled a basic kit and safely stored all medications in your home, consider stocking up on a few extra things that come in handy with young children in the house. Spend an hour with your child and make a few boo-boo bunnies. The bunnies are a comforting way to get your child to hold ice on a bump or bruise. Another quick craft you and your children can do together is to make a rice sock. Simply fill a man’s sock with rice and tie a tight knot at the open end of the sock. (If you still have the boo-boo bunny supplies out, have the kids give the rice sock a face and body.) When you need a quick heating pad, heat the rice sock up for no more than two minutes in the microwave. Be sure to put a towel between skin and the rice sock. Finally, keep a squishy toy or ball in the first aid kit to distract children while you remove a splinter or clean out a cut. Only bring the toy out for these purposes.
Last but not least, tape an index card with the number of doctors, dentists, orthodontists, poison control and anyone else you might have to contact in an emergency to the outside lid of the tool box. Inside the tool box, tape an index card marked with the last date you check supplies. Once a year, check all expiration dates and replace items as needed.
The first-aid tool box will keep your children safe and give you peace of mind knowing exactly where everything is.