Kids are naturally curious for sure. They are always checking things out and sometimes getting into things they shouldn’t. They are not thinking that the items they are excited about could potentially be of harm to them. This is a job for the parents.
If you have children running around your home, it is a good idea to have some first-aid essentials so that your children can have the right aid right away when mishaps occur.
Here are the top 10 first-aid essentials every home ought to have:
- Pain relief. It’s fairly certain your child will encounter some pain sooner or later, so having a few pain relievers handy will serve them well. Many doctors recommend Tylenol for pain and Aleve and Motrin for anti-inflammatory properties. Do not use aspirin for children. Be sure to check the recommended dosage for your child’s age and check the expiration date on occasion to be sure they have not expired.
- Poison control phone number. Go ahead and post the poison control number in a spot that you will see easily in case a child ingests a poison. You can also program it right into your phone. Do not use Ipecac, which is a poison treatment, but it is not advised by doctors any longer. If your child ingests poison and you do not feel he is in a life-threatening situation, call the national hotline at 1-800-222-1222. If you believe the situation is quite serious, call 911.
- Antibiotic ointment. Scrapes and cuts are bound to occur, so be sure to have some Polysporin handy, as these will help the wounds heal faster and keep infection at bay.
- Bandages. Boo-boos will be more frequent than you’d like and children tend to think bandages will help heal them quite fast, so have an assortment of bandages handy. You can also add gauze and tape for those bigger wounds, as well as an Ace bandage for any sprain that may occur.
- Soap. Have some squirt soap handy for those dirty hands and feet that come with dirt and scrapes, as many times a simple wash will be enough to get the wound clean.
- Itch cream. Bee stings, mosquitoes, poison ivy, and assorted other things will bring itchiness to your child, so have some itch cream handy. Calamine lotion is great to have on hand, as well as hydrocortisone cream for skin irritations. You can try Benadryl for an allergic reaction, but if your child suffers from hives or if his throat swells, give your doctor a call immediately.
- Ice packs. Either have your ice packs handy in the freezer or go ahead and have a couple instant ice packs handy for those injuries that include swelling and pain.
- Tweezers. Tweezers come in handy in order to remove splinters or tiny dirt specks from a wound.
- Eye wash. Have a safe eye wash handy in case you must flush your child’s eyes out due to dirt or something else that may end up in the eyes.
- A small container. If by chance one of your child’s permanent teeth come out, have a small container just for such a case so you can save it in the hopes that a doctor could replant the tooth.
You want your children to be safe, so go ahead and utilize these first-aid safety tips so you can be prepared day in and day out when it comes to child safety.