One question parents often ask is: “What first aid supplies do I need at home for my baby?!”. So, we’ve put together a handy list below. Don’t forget, first aid is exactly what the name suggests, FIRST aid. Make sure to seek professional medical help if you feel it is necessary.
Note: If you work in the childcare industry, you must adhere to the Tusla Kit. This list is for a personal home kit.
1. Disposable Gloves
We recommend including disposable gloves in your fist aid kit for protection against infection for both you and your child. Ideally, sterile gloves should be used.
2. Antiseptic Wipes
Any first aid kit should include a pack of alcohol free antiseptic wipes. Antiseptic wipes are used to clean cuts and grazes to prevent any infection.
We recommend including a couple of slings in your child’s first aid kit. A sling can also be made from a triangular bandage.
4. Haemorrhage Control Bandages
We recommend you include an assortment of haemorrhage control bandages, from small to large in your child’s first aid kit
5. Non-Adhesive Wound Pads
These pads are absorbent, and won’t stick to the tissue. They’re ideal for use as a primary dressing for lightly draining wounds.
6. Finger/Toe Bandages
We all know how painful stubbing a toe can be. Including finger/toe bandages in your child’s first aid kit can help protect these injuries and are specially made for fingers/toes.
7. Saline Pods and Eyewash
Saline pods are ideal for wound cleansing and topical irrigation of the eye.
An assortment of plasters of all sizes is a key staple item in any first aid kit. Ideal for minor cuts, blisters and sore spots.
Steristrips are wound closure strips that keep wound edges secured together.
It is recommended to have an assortment of bandages in your child’s first aid kit. Crepe bandages (shown above) can be used for support or holding a dressing in place. Tubular bandages are helpful when a child has strained a joint and needs extra support. You can make a sling with triangular bandages.
We recommend you include a range of medication in your child’s first aid kit, including Calpol, Liquid Suppositories and antihistamines. Always check the best before dates and restock when needed.
12. Antiseptic Crème
Antiseptic crème or spray can be applied to cuts or grazes after cleaning which will help prevent infection.
13. Burn Gel
Burn gels can be useful for any minor burns. However, it is recommended by the HSE that burn gel is only used if you are not near cool, running water as that is the best treatment for minor burns.
We recommend using a digital or electronic thermometer as these are most the accurate. Always place the thermometer under the armpit for children under the age of 5.