Summer will be here before you know it. And when it arrives, the kids will be full of energy and ready to go. Your school-age children will be looking forward to several months of doing what they want to do. Perhaps now it is time to start thinking about a first aid kit for the kids. For some reason, kids tend to be more prone to accidents and illnesses. Perhaps it is due to an adventurous spirit that doesn’t know enough to be cautious. Maybe it is just that their little bodies cannot withstand the same amount of punishment. Whatever the case, having a first aid kit on hand goes a long way toward treating all those cuts and scratches kids are going to accumulate.
Buy a Premade Kit
Your easiest option is to shop around for kid’s first aid kits. Buying a premade kit means letting the pros do the hard work for you. They have already analysed parents’ most basic needs and have designed their first aid kits accordingly. You can always add extra supplies to whatever comes with the kit.
If you prefer to buy a premade kit, just do yourself a favour and shop around first. There is more than one type of first aid kit. Some are intended for travel, for example, while others are better suited for use around the house. First-aid kits come with a variety of supplies and price points.
- Buying Online – The ongoing coronavirus crisis makes it awfully tempting to purchase everything online. This is not a problem for first aid kits and supplies. You can buy both premade kits and individual components from first aid specialists as well as major retailers.
- Buying in Person – You might be the kind of person who prefers to shop in person. This is understandable for something as serious as a first aid kit. Just know that your in-person options might be limited. Brick-and-mortar retailers do not necessarily stock the full range of options otherwise available online.
A hybrid option would be to initially buy your kit online but then keep it stocked by visiting your local pharmacy or supermarket. You should be able to find most basic supplies at brick-and-mortar stores.
Building Your Own Kit
The industrious among us may choose to build our own first aid kits from scratch. We prefer the piecemeal method because it gives us the opportunity to buy just what we want at a price we are comfortable with. If this sounds like you, just be wary of the basics, not the least of which is the container you use to hold your first aid supplies.
Do not invest in a plethora of first aid supplies only to turn around and store them in a cardboard box or plastic shopping bag. Instead, buy a waterproof container with a sealable lid. They are a dime a dozen these days.
A large, single-compartment container should work just fine. But if you want to organise your first aid supplies by type, consider obtaining one with multiple compartments. Whatever you do, make sure the container you choose has enough space to contain your supplies but is still small and convenient enough to easily take with you.
Basic Supplies for a Kids Kit
The supplies your kit contains will depend largely on the types of activities your children do. However, there are some basic elements every kid’s first aid kit should contain:
1. Plastic Waterproof Plasters
Plastic plasters are a staple of any first aid kit for children. Even if a plaster isn’t necessary for a minor scrape or cut, just applying one can be enough to make an unhappy child smile again. It is a good idea to have an adequate selection of different size plasters to accommodate kids of every age. Fortunately, you can buy plasters at just about any pharmacy, supermarket, or major department store.
2. Cleansing Wipes
Cleansing wipes come in handy when you have a wound that breaks the skin. Clean the wound with a wipe before applying a bandage or dressing. It helps if each wipe is individually wrapped, but this is not absolutely necessary. A package containing a few dozen is fine as long as they are sealed in an airtight bag. Otherwise, they will dry out.
3. HSE Dressings
Keeping a few HSE dressings on hand is a good idea for those major cuts or burns. A good dressing can protect the wound until you can get to a hospital. HSE dressings come in a variety of sizes, so choose a few different sizes to accommodate your children based on their age and weight.
4. Eye Wash and Eye Pad Dressing
Kids have a unique ability to get things in their eyes. This is why it is a good idea to keep a small bottle of eyewash and an eye pad dressing in your child’s first aid kit. Hopefully, you will never have to use them, that they will be there if you need them.
5. Crepe Bandage
A crepe bandage is the right tool for immobilizing an ankle or wrist in the event of a sprain. Wrap the bandage snugly around the joint to help keep it still until you can get the child to a doctor. Like HSE bandages, crepe bandages come in a variety of sizes.
6. Foil Blanket
A blanket can mean the difference between an injured child remaining alert and going into shock. Every first aid kit, regardless of who it is intended for, should include a foil blanket.
7. Nitrile Gloves
Finally, you might want to keep a couple of pairs of nitrile gloves in your first aid kit at all times. Putting gloves on your hands can help limit the spread of infection when you are treating cuts and burns. If you find yourself treating a child who is not your own, gloves become even more important.
Some people recommend resuscitation devices for playground first aid kits. There is certainly no harm in including such a device in yours, but the likelihood of having to revive a child is pretty slim. Check with your doctor if you feel it is necessary in your case.
Remember, summer is right around the corner. The kids will be bouncing off the walls with energy before too long. Make sure you have a first aid kit handy so that when accidents happen – and they will – you’ll be ready.