Choosing first aid contents for a child's first aid kit is a difficult task. On one hand, you want to be sure that your child is safely protected and that the kit is helpful at treating any minor injuries he or she may sustain. On the other hand, you will also need to ensure that the objects in the kit cannot cause your child any harm. One of the keys to putting together a successful child's first aid kit is to speak with your child about how the kit works, when it should be used, and how to safely and properly use the items in the kit as well. Read on for a brief guide on what to put in your child's first aid kit.
Large and Small Bandages
The most basic item for a first aid kit is the bandage. It's good to put bandages of different sizes in the kit, as these will help to address different types of cuts, scrapes, and scratches. If your child is prone to falling or sustaining injuries of these types, throw in a few extra bandages to make sure that he or she has enough.
Neosporin or Other Antibiotic Cream
If your child is old enough to use it responsibly, it's a good idea to include some antibiotic cream in the first aid kit as well. This can be placed on a cut or a scrape before a bandage and helps to ensure that the injury does not become infected. Still, when your child arrives back at home or in an area where you have access to a sink, it's a good idea to remove the bandage and thoroughly clean out the wound before rebandaging it again.
For children who play sports, gauze is a great addition for a first aid kit. Gauze can be wrapped around sprained or broken fingers and arms in order to make a makeshift case or splint. It can also be helpful in tying off wounds in certain parts of the body, and in covering up bandages that may otherwise fall off of your child's skin.
First Aid Tape
First aid tape is necessary if you have gauze in your child's first aid kit. This tape can help to hold gauze in place.
Antiseptic wipes serve the same function as rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs. However, they tend to be safer for use with children. Make sure that your child understands to not put the antiseptic wipe in or around his mouth. They should be used to clean off a cut, scratch, scrape or other open sore before placing antibiotic cream or a bandage on top.
Consider other more specific items that may be helpful for your child. It may be a good idea to put a small baggy with a child's portion of a pain reliever like Advil in the kit; do not place a larger amount of the drug, however, as your child may take too much.