101: Preparing a Children's First-Aid Kit
This article will be extremely helpful for preppers who have
children. Even if you donít have any children, it really
doesnít hurt to have a first aid kit for kidís ready. Youíd be
shocked to discover how ill-prepared most people are.
During an emergency, you may have neighbors or relatives with
kids. They may be desperate for certain items that their
children may need. If you have a childrenís first aid kit, you
could be a lifesaver.
Itís important to note
that children and adults have different needs. While some needs
may overlap, itís best to have a separate first aid kit for the
young ones. This will help keep things more organized and youíll
have easier access to whatever you may immediately need if
thereís an emergency.
Below you will find a
list of items that you can add to your childrenís first aid kit.
The rules are not set in stone. Decide which items are
appropriate and store them.
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Band Aids and Bandages -
Children tend to get hurt easily. Have enough band aids and
bandages in your first aid kit to treat any possible wounds.
Anti-Inflammatories - These
will help to reduce your childís fever. Get the correct
medication for your child and store them.
Baby Needs - Of course, this
only applies if you have a baby. Have some baby wipes, baby
lotion, diaper pins, bulb syringe (to clear mucus), diaper rash
cream and baby powder. While you should have stocks of these
with your main stores, there should also be some in your first
aid kit. One reason for this is, if you discover late in
the night that your baby has a diaper rash late, you can
immediately use the baby wipes and the rash cream to treat the
problem. You donít want to go into the basement or wherever you
keep your supplies and start rummaging there in the middle of
the night. The first aid kit is also for your convenience.
Childrenís Thermometer - Get
a digital thermometer or two and keep them in your first aid
kit. If you think your child has a fever, youíll easily be able
to confirm your doubts.
Lip Balm - Children who are
sick may have dry lips. The lip balm will help soothe their
lips. At the same time, do ensure that your child drinks enough
water so that theyíre not dehydrated.
Hand Sanitizer and Nitrile Gloves -
This is for your use. When treating wounds or infections, itís
best to sanitize your hands and wear gloves before treating the
child. This will minimize any risk of infection. Use non-latex
gloves to prevent allergic reactions.
Masks - Keep a few N-95
masks in the first aid kit. If your child has sinuses or
breathing problems due to a dusty environment, the masks will
Calamine Lotion, Antiseptic Cream, etc.
- Having these items will make it easy to treat
scrapes and cuts. The antibiotic nature of the cream will
accelerate healing and prevent infection.
Tweezers and Nail Clippers -
Tweezers will be useful for removing foreign matter in wounds
and of course, smaller nail clippers will be easier for clipping
Besides these items, you may
wish to add other items that you think your child may need in an
emergency. Youíre the best person to decide on what goes into
the first aid box. So, prepare it well and place it in a safe
place that you can easily access.
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