First Aid for Children:
“First do no harm” is one of the most important things to keep in mind. Keeping a first aid kit in your home, and in the car, is the best way to make sure you can provide your little ones with the first aid they may need. Make sure to keep your first aid kit up to date by checking expiration dates on the triple antibiotic ointments, eye saline solution, and other items you may have in your kit, such as Benedryl, that you have added after talking to your doctor and getting the proper dosage.
Having the right items in your kit is important too. In addition to the basics, instant ice packs (small 4 X 6 inches) are wonderful for boo boos at home and especially away, since they don’t need to be refrigerated before use. Another item, A two inch conforming gauze wrap (stretchier than regular gauze) is also important to have in your kit. If it not sterile, just make sure to use a sterile gauze pad first if there are breaks in the skin and then wrap the injury with the gauze wrap.
It is a huge help to take a short class in basic first aid (and CPR) as many things have changed in recent years and techniques and products have made tremendous leaps. The key to being able to give your children the best first aid care is to take the time to get to know your first aid kit and make sure you know what to do with all of the items and to keep it up to date and stocked with items that you and your doctor feel is necessary.
Some of the new blood stopping powders are also a great thing to check out. We have been using a product called “Trauma Dex” and it has proven to work wonderfully, similar to styptic powder, without the burn, and all natural. It doesn’t have to be rinsed off before going to the Emergency Room either. There are quite a few products similar to this out there. Find one you like and feel comfortable with and keep it in your first aid kit.
Last, but certainly not least, is having all of your emergency numbers in a place that everyone caring for your children know where to look and who to call. The list should also have your address listed on it, so that anyone can give the emergency personnel the correct address. Make sure to have a current listing complete with your local poison control number, pediatrician’s information, any allergy information to be passed on. Doing a mock emergency drill is a great way to make sure you have everything covered, and can be done in your home or at a childcare provider’s address. Knowing that you have the basics covered will give you and your children more knowledge and comfort when bumps and bruises occur.