Whether it’s at home or while traveling, having the necessary items on hand can make a big difference if an accident or illness occurs. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit at home is important. It is also a good idea to carry a smaller kit in your car or your baby’s diaper bag when you are away from home.
You can purchase prepacked first aid kits at your local pharmacy or you can assemble your own. No single commercial product will contain everything you need so it is helpful to create your own personalized first aid kit.
Below is a checklist of first-aid kit essentials that are helpful to have. Although it is not necessary to carry all these items with you, it is a good idea to have them in your medicine chest at home in the event of an emergency.
Baby First Aid Essentials
- Baby thermometer
- Baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen, as recommended by your doctor, to reduce fever and ease pain. Even though Infant acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, is safe for babies older than 12 weeks, you should always check with your pediatrician before treating any fever with these medications.
- Emergency phone numbers including your doctor and local poison control center.
- Antibiotic ointment – Helps heal cuts and scraps. The ointment will also keep them from becoming infected. Check the label of the ointment to make sure it is safe for your baby. Many creams are safe for ages 2+.
- Sterile bandages in various sizes and shapes
- Cold packs – Reduces swelling from bumps, minor burns, and bites. Purchase the kind you just squeeze to start the cooling reaction.
- Medicine dropper or oral syringe
- Bulb syringe/nasal aspirator for unclogging stuffed noses
- Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
- Sharp scissors
- Alcohol wipes or liquid rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, scissors
- Sunscreen – Use on babies 6 months and older. Look for ones that are at least SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection.
- Baby nail clippers
- Baby toothbrush
- Baby comb or brush
Baby First Aid Cautions
- Always discuss medications and treatments with your pediatrician before using them on your baby. Do not give any child under 2 years old any medication, including over-the-counter pain relievers such as infant Tylenol and cold medication without checking with your pediatrician first.
- Store all first aid kits in a box or a zippered bag that’s out of reach from children. Many items in a first-aid kit can be dangerous if left within reach of a child.
- Check the expiration dates on all medications in your home.
- Always store medications, including vitamins, in their original containers. This way, if your child accidentally takes a medication, you will know exactly what it is.