Children and first aid go hand in hand. Whether its colds, scrapes, bruises or something a lot more serious, caregivers frequently need to minister to the pains of growing up. While sometimes a kiss or pat on the head may suffice, children may need more substantive treatments. A properly stocked first aid kit can provide the materials to quickly remedy the problem and allow kids to go out and find another way to get hurt. Although a first aid kit tailored for children is similar to a first aid kit for adults, there are some additional considerations.
First Aid Instructions
A first aid kit for children should include a first aid manual or reference guide. Even if you are trained in first aid, other caregivers may not be as proficient. Being able to quickly refresh the information when needed can prevent wasting efforts or making the situation worse.
Pain and Fever Reducers
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents not to use aspirin products with children due to the risk of a rare but potentially fatal illness known as Reye's syndrome. Instead, stock ibuprofen or acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol).
In addition to omitting aspirin products, check the labeling of any other medications being included. Many medications come in children's dosages but a physician should still be consulted regarding dosage and appropriateness for infants and very young children. Medicine should be purchased in a liquid or chewable form. An oral syringe aids measuring and administering liquid medications. Also, if your child has any known conditions such as severe allergies or asthma, store appropriate emergency treatments in the first aid kit in addition to what you normally carry on your person.
Rare is the child who escapes into adulthood without suffering the irritations of poison ivy, poison oak or chicken pox. The United Kingdom's National Health Service recommends keeping calamine lotion as part of a first aid kit for the treatment of sunburn, rashes and skin irritation.
Location and General Kit Considerations
Make sure the kit is portable, as it may not always be possible to bring the child to the first aid kit. Keep the contents safe by utilizing a container with a child-proof lock, and ensure that caregivers are aware of its location. Clearly label the kit "First Aid" and include any necessary emergency contact numbers such as your health care provider, poison control center, local emergency services and whom to contact in your absence.
Article Written By David Chandler
David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.