First-Aid Essentials That Every Parent Should Stock

It was not until recently when my son had quite a nasty fall, did I realize the importance of stocking an all-inclusive first-aid kit at home. The kids were happily playing in the neighbourhood park, when my son fell off a long slide, bringing about much chaos.  As luck would have it, it was a Sunday evening. While the much needed medical fraternity was getting their rightful share of a weekly break, my son’s leg refused to stop bleeding. Some basic first-aid would have been useful - only I didn't have the kid handy!Putting together an all-encompassing first-aid kit that can cater to minor accidents that kids run into like falls, bug stings, burns or sudden allergic outbursts, is essential when there are kids at home. Make sure you store them in a locked storage away from excess heat and humidity and in a place where young children can’t reach.Your at-home emergency medical kit should include:1. Medicines
  • Paracetamol for that soaring body temperature every parent dreads! Be sure to carefully follow your paediatrician’s instructions on the exact dosage to be given to the child, since overdosing can lead to severe complications like liver damage.
  • Pain Reliever for that stomach ache or middle of the night ear-pain or any other aches and pains. Again here, be very diligent with the dosage.
  • Rehydration fluids such as Electral, Glucose to treat dehydration in case your tot has had too much vomiting or lose motions.
  • Antihistamines to take care of an allergic reaction to a food item or severe bug bite/ sting. In case of severe allergy rush to the doctor.
  • Dettol or Savlon to clean cuts and scrapes.
  • Antibacterial cream like Soframycin to apply on the cuts and scrapes after cleansing.
  • Calamine lotion like Caladryl or Lactocalamine to soothe harsh insect bites or rashes that can get quite itchy
  • Insect repellents for those bothersome mosquitos and other bug bites.
  • Nasal saline drops for clearing a nose block
  • Antiemetics for uncontrolled vomiting
  • Burn creams like Burnol, BurnAid for an unexpected accident in the kitchen.
 2. Bandages
  • Bandage strips - There are plenty of options for bandages these days with children’s favourite cartoon characters. Be careful never to use bandages when a wound needs to be aired. Also in case of younger children, who suck their fingers, it is safe to avoid bandages as they can pose a choking hazard
  • Gauze Bandages for dressing wounds, as it won’t stick to delicate skin. It is a good idea to store not just the rolls, but also the wider pads that come with cotton stuffed between two layers of gauze
  • Adhesive tape for keeping the gauze in place
  • Sterile cotton balls for cleaning wounds
  • Crepe Bandage for a suspected hairline fracture before you can quickly reach the doctor.
 3. Tools
  • Thermometer for checking temperature. There are several available these days from the quintessential mercury thermometer to the digital one. There is also a digital ear model to quickly check your little one’s temperature without hassling her one bit. Buy the kind that you are most comfortable using.
  • Scissors for cutting bandages
  • calibrated measure like a cup, spoon or a syringe to administer the precise dosage of medicine. My paediatrician always recommends a syringe to get the measure absolutely accurate
  • hot water pack for soothing tummy aches and an ice pack for bruises, sprains and swellings
  • Flashlight for getting a good look at the eyes, ears, throat or perhaps a wound
  • Disposable gloves for handling wounds.
Make sure you stock your entire first aid kit including medicines, tools and other supplies together in one place, so that it is easy to access at the time of emergency. Try to not panic, when your kid needs first aid, although I know how difficult it is as a parent to stay calm at such times. You can’t prevent your daredevil from getting hurt occasionally, but with a good first aid kit, you can certainly make him feel better.Image Source: