If you’ve got kids, you’re going to have emergencies…we’re sorry to say. Knowing that will help you get started on the road to assembling a kit that meets your family’s needs. Of course, you’ll want to cover the absolute basics.
Obviously it’s not a super useful kit if you have to run all over the house to find a bandaid in a junk drawer. We found an amazing black-and-yellow toolbox at walmart with all kinds of compartments for about fifteen dollars, but almost anything will work as long as you keep it organized!. You could use a dollar-store basket or plastic shoebox, a backpack, even a tackle box! Whatever you use, make sure it’s durable and will hold everything you need.
Manuals and Guides
We know that, basically, the emergence of smartphones have rendered physical books obsolete. However it’s hugely important that you grab a basic first-aid manual to keep in your kit. In an emergency, you may be caught without your phone! We suggest the ACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition–it’s packed full of basic tips to get you through any crisis, and you can find it on Amazon right now for about ten dollars.
Most often, you’re going to run into abrasions–scrapes and cuts. If your little one crashes her bike or your teen slices his finger while cooking, you have to be prepared! The first step is to clean the wound. You can do this with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, so it’s a good idea to pack either pre-moistened wipes or a bottle of your chosen cleaning solution and cotton pads!
Of course, you’ll then want to protect the wound, and that means gauze, neosporin and bandages or surgical tape. Neosporin is a medicated gel that, when applied to a wound, prevents infection and can even lessen scarring! Also, you’re going to want to invest in solid, sturdy bandages in a variety of sizes. They should be waterproof, too! Band-Aid makes a value pack of several different types, shapes and sizes bandages that you can find at your local grocery store for $7–$10.
(You can find all these things at your local dollar store.)
Splinters are the worst. The absolute worst. But if you’ve got a tree-climber in your family or a wooden playhouse in the backyard, splinters are unavoidable. Invest in a splinter removal kit and a great pair of tweezers. We like the MEDIpoint Splinter Removal Kit, which includes individually wrapped, single-use metal tools for an easy and painless splinter fix!
Fever and Sickness
It’s a good idea to keep all your medicines in your first-aid kit also (the one you keep in your home). You should have ibuprofen and your chosen antihistamine. Painkillers for children are also extremely necessary. Cough syrup and throat lozenges are also great to have on hand.
Stock up on a high SPF sunscreen and insect repellant during the summer months, as well as a pain-relief spray for bug bites (should one get through). Also, picking up some cortisone cream will serve you well!
Grab tools like a good pair of scissors, a digital thermometer with extra batteries, sterile gloves and a flashlight (for late-night repairs!) Other essentials could be…
–Instant Cold Compress
–Sterile Eye Pad
–Cotton Tipped Swabs
–Medicine Cups or Spoons
–Eye Wash Solution
Your Family’s Needs
When assembling your own family first aid kit, consider your personal needs. If your child requires prescription medications such as an inhaler, tablets or syrups, you’ll want to put extras into all your kits (especially in your car and purse kits, so you have them on the go). If your child requires an EpiPen, it is vital to their healthy and safety that you have one within easy reach at all times–so put a few into each of your kits also.
Moms are the world’s greatest protectors, defenders, problem-solvers and boo-boo fixers–be prepared for anything!