How to prepare a baby first aid kit at home?
Babies are sensitive and fragile. From very early on, you will realize how you need to be well-equipped for any emergencies, be it a fever, a cough, or a clogged nose in those early days, or a bleeding finger when you try to cut the baby’s nails for the first time. From our experiences in the first six months of dealing with a range of illnesses, we have arrived at a well-equipped first aid kit at home so that in most cases, we no longer need to rush to the nearest pharmacy in case of a minor emergency.
Even though there are ready-made first aid kits available from other sources, there is no one-size-fits-all and you should customize a kit based on your baby’s needs. We hope this list, derived from our own experiences, will be useful for you and your baby.
Babies frequently get stuffy nose, especially in the colder months. In addition, they pick up bugs when they start going to daycare or nursery. A nasal aspirator can help to clear the nose and provide instant (albeit temporary) relief from congestion.
Trust me, you will use this all the time, so please invest in a good quality thermometer suitable for the age of the baby.
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An ice pack can be applied to an injured or sore area in case of pain, swelling or inflammation.
This can also help cool the baby down in case of high fever, although the exact medical advice regarding such a cool-down seems to be continually changing.
To provide relief for burns.
In case any harmful substance enters the eye.
Dressings (different sizes, adhesive, waterproof)
Having a variety of dressings can make it easy to find the right one depending on the situation.
These should be sterile / antiseptic and be safe to use to clean an open wound.
This might be slightly unconventional but having a clean pair of mittens at all times can come in handy if the baby has a rash or wound. Babies function by instinct and cannot stop scratching any itchy or painful spots, even though they should. Mittens can prevent the nails from making a bad situation worse.
This provides the safest way to remove a tick.
This is an adhesive tape that will be needed to hold a bandage or other dressing onto a wound.
Of all the shopping lists you would have made / used for your baby, this is probably the most important one. This list is by no means comprehensive and depending on any allergies or illnesses your baby has, you might need to supplement it appropriately.
Alternatively, a good starting point to start building your first aid kit is to by a ready-made kit. These are available from your nearest pharmacy (e.g. Boots), the local chapter of Red Cross (see the one from British Red Cross here), or a local ambulance service (see the one from St John Ambulance here).
Disclaimer: The content above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call the emergency hotline immediately.