Family Survival 101: Preparing a Children’s First Aid Kit
This article will be extremely helpful for preppers who have children and even if you don’t have any, it really doesn’t hurt to have a first aid kit for kid’s ready. You’d be shocked to discover how ill-prepared most people are.
During an emergency, you may have neighbors or relatives with kids. They may be desperate for certain items that their children may need. If you have a children’s first aid kit, you could be a lifesaver.
It’s important to note that children and adults have different needs. While some needs may overlap, it’s best to have a separate first aid kit for the young ones. This will help keep things more organized and you’ll have easier access to whatever you may immediately need if there’s an emergency.
Below you will find a list of items that you can add to your children’s first aid kit. The rules are not set in stone. Decide which items are appropriate and store them.
- Band aids and bandages
Children tend to get hurt easily. Have enough band aids and bandages in your first aid kit to treat any possible wounds.
These will help to reduce your child’s fever. Get the correct medication for your child and store them.
- Baby needs
Of course, this only applies if you have a baby. Have some baby wipes, baby lotion, diaper pins, bulb syringe (to clear mucus), diaper rash cream and baby powder. While you should have stocks of these with your main stores, there should also be some in your first aid kit.
One reason for this is, if you discover late in the night that your baby has a diaper rash late, you can immediately use the baby wipes and the rash cream to treat the problem.
You don’t want to go into the basement or wherever you keep your supplies and start rummaging there in the middle of the night. The first aid kit is also for your convenience.
- Children’s thermometer
Get a digital thermometer or two and keep them in your first aid kit. If you think your child has a fever, you’ll easily be able to confirm your doubts.
- Lip balm
Children who are sick may have dry lips. The lip balm will help soothe their lips. At the same time, do ensure that your child drinks enough water so that they’re not dehydrated.
- Hand sanitizer and latex gloves
This is for your use. When treating wounds or infections, it’s best to sanitize your hands and wear gloves before treating the child. This will minimize any risk of infection.
Keep a few N-95 masks in the first aid kit. If your child has sinuses or breathing problems due to a dusty environment, the masks will help.
- Calamine lotion, antiseptic cream, etc.
Having these items will make it easy to treat scrapes and cuts. The antibiotic nature of the cream will accelerate healing and prevent infection.
- Tweezers and nail clippers
Tweezers will be useful for removing foreign matter in wounds and of course, smaller nail clippers will be easier for clipping children’s nails.
Besides these items, you may wish to add other items that you think your child may need in an emergency. You’re the best person to decide on what goes into the first aid box. So, prepare it well and place it in a safe place that you can easily access.
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