I know when I started out on my parenting journey I really hoped I’d never have to reach up to the top press to grab this kit…Well lets just say it’s come in handy on more than one occasion! Whether its tripping in the garden or slipping in the bath there is always some sort of crisis going on in our house! We are lucky to have avoided burns so far and most other serious injuries but I am always relieved to have a well stocked first aid kit to hand when a situation does arise! I have considered wrapping them in bubble wrap…but apparently that’s not socially acceptable so I’ll have to make do with having eyes in the back of my head and keeping my fingers crossed!
Here’s a useful list of things to have in your first aid kit once children become a feature in your life! Its not all inclusive but its definitely a good start.
Treatments for cuts and grazes
- Adhesive plasters– Buy a pack with different sizes to fit different wounds. Many brands also come with children’s designs to make the experience more enjoyable.
- Adhesive tape– Great for holding dressings such as non-adhesive absorbent pads like melonin in place.
- Steri-strips– Great for holding cuts together (an over the counter version of stiches) which can help promote healing and should help reduce scarring- remember if the wound doesn’t stop bleeding you need to keep pressure on it and seek medical attention.
- Bandages– Crepe bandages, Tubular bandages, triangular bandages and splints are all great to have in case your little one has any falls and you need to support a sprained or twisted joint. Crepe bandages can also be useful to keep dressings in place if they keep pulling off plasters.
- Gauze dressings or more absorbent pads – Used to cover cuts and grazes
- You will also need scissors for cutting dressings, tweezers to remove thorns or stings, safety pins to keep bandages or slings in place and latex free gloves.
- Antiseptics- to clean the area to prevent infection. Try and wipe the wound from the centre to the outside to prevent spreading infection. There are a number of antiseptics available including antiseptic wipes/solution/creams/ointment and alcohol wipes but be warned these will sting if applied directly to an open wound. Bepantiseptic cream (formerly germolene) contains a local anaesthetic which will reduce pain locally so I keep this and some savlon liquid and guaze in my bag.
Treatment for Burns
Burns can be very distressing for your child and it’s important you are able to give quick treatment. Burnshield Hydrogel is suitable for the emergency care of burns, scalds and sunburn. Apply straight onto the burn and it will quickly cool and soothe the area. If you don’t have this in the house you will need to cool the area by putting the burn under cool water for 10-30minutes, don’t use ice or greasy substances as these will only worsen the burn. There are different degrees of burns and depending on the severity you may need a Doctor to asses if any further treatment will be required. If the burn blisters try not burst the blister as this is the body’s natural defense which will provide the perfect environment for healing. Once you have ended the burning process by using the above methods you can use moisturisers to soothe and aid healing and a drop of lavender oil mixed in with some aqueous cream is very soothing.
Calamine lotion is a must for any first aid box and is a great alternative to antihistamine creams or liquids which generally can’t be used until 2 years of age. It is a mild antiseptic which helps to prevent infection and it is an astringent to dry weeping wounds or abscesses. It reduces itching caused by bites, stings, sunburn and chickenpox and other rashes.
Treatments for Falls and Bumps
If they have a fall and there is swelling it is recommended to raise the affected joint and use a cold pack to reduce swelling (a frozen bag of peas will do the job but just make sure to wrap in a towel so it isn’t too cold). Try and rest the joint as much as possible and use support bandages if necessary. I also highly recommend using arnica cream or gel, it’s a homeopathic product great for when they get a bump to reduce bruising and inflammation. It can be applied directly onto bumps, sprains, bruises, and swelling. It cannot be applied to an open wound, damaged skin, or near the eyes.
Treatment for pain
If you think your wonderbaba is suffering from pain then liquid paracetamol (calpol) or ibuprofen (nurofen) can help. Age restrictions do apply though so this is not appropriate unless your baby is three months of age. Ibuprofen is also an anti-inflammatory, so it’s great for reducing inflammation and swelling, just make sure to have a measuring spoon or oral syringe available if needed. I would also recommend having a thermometer to identify if they have a temperature which could be a symptom of infection.
Keep some saline drops or sterile sodium chloride solution to soothe and cleanse irritated eyes and noses.
Keep a few normasol saline sachets 25ml or sterile sodium chloride sachets in the kit to use to cleanse very dirty cuts and grazes prior to using antiseptic solution. These can also be used with gauze to clean sticky eye or conjuctivitis. These are available from community pharmacies but you may need to ask for them as they might be hard to spot yourself!
Remember to check your first aid box regularly and replace anything you have used or that has passed its expiry date. Out of date medicine can be returned to your local pharmacy to be destroyed safely.
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help