Be Prepared: Your First Aid Checklist
Whether you’re at home or on the road, it’s always a good idea to have a complete first aid kit handy. Follow our checklist for the essential items:
Names and Phone Numbers
- This might be the most important part of your kit: Contact information for your pediatrician, your local hospital, local police and fire departments, poison control and two emergency contact people (such as close neighbors or nearby relatives who can provide last-minute childcare or a ride to the hospital).
- Keep a list of all prescriptions and your doctor’s and pharmacy’s phone numbers with children at all times.
- For an infant, keep an ear thermometer or digital underarm thermometer on hand. An oral thermometer will work for older children.
Baby Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
- For fever reduction and pain relief.
- For allergic reactions, hives or insect bites.
Antibacterial Hand Gel/Hand Wipes
- Good for cleaning up scrapes, hands or dirty surfaces when you can’t get to soap and water.
- To help keep cuts and scrapes from getting infected.
Sterile Bandages in a Variety of Different Sizes
- Also pack sterile gauze pads and at least one large cloth bandage.
Irrigating Eye Wash
- To rinse debris or irritants from eyes.
- To check eyes, ears, noses and throats.
- To remove splinters, ticks or debris from cuts and scrapes.
- Make sure it’s at least SPF30 and has both UVA and UVB protection. Include a lip balm with sunscreen as well.
Hydrocortisone Cream, Calamine Lotion and Aloe Vera Gel
- To help soothe the itch and burn from bug bites, rashes or sunburns. Check with your pediatrician before using them on babies under 6 months.
- Look for the kind you squeeze to start the cold reaction. Helpful for reducing pain and swelling of minor bumps and bruises.
Syrup of Ipecac and a Calibrated Spoon
- To use if your child swallows a poisonous substance. Use only under the direction of your doctor or poison control center.