Baby first aid essentials

Feel better prepared to deal with minor emergencies in the home by using our first aid kit checklist and learning some baby first aid skills.

 

What should my first aid kit contain?

Even if you’ve taken every precaution to create a safe environment for your baby, some accidents and illnesses are unavoidable with a little one – so it’s important to keep a stock of basic medical supplies to hand. These key items should help you respond to common injuries and ailments. But do remember, if there’s any sign of a more serious problem or you’re not sure of the cause, it’s always best to contact a medical professional for advice.

  • Digital thermometer – this helps you quickly check your baby’s temperature.
  • Child and infant liquid pain reliever – this should contain paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Oral (no-needle) syringe or measuring spoon – to administer medicine.
  • Waterproof plasters in various sizes and shapes – to protect small wounds and to help them heal.
  • Sterile dressing – to cover and protect wounds to help healing.
  • Antiseptic cream and wipes – use these to clean cuts and grazes, and to help prevent infection.
  • Roller bandage – to hold dressings in place on a wound. It’s a good idea to have various sizes.
  • Sterile gauze swabs – these can be used to clean wounds, and to apply ointments.
  • Tweezers – to remove splinters and thorns.
  • Scissors – to cut plasters and dressings to size.
  • Safety pins/ hypoallergenic tape – to secure dressings.
  • Insect repellent – this is especially useful in summer.
  • Finger bandages – these protect and support injured fingers, and can also hold dressings in place.
  • Sterile gloves – wear these when dealing with any cuts or grazes.
  • Mild liquid soap – clean your hands before and after dealing with cuts and grazes.
  • Calamine cream – this can help relieve minor sunburn and rashes.
  • Sting reliever spray – this relieves discomfort and itching from bites and stings.
  • Eyewash solution – to wash bits of dirt out of eyes.

Six first aid kit tips

  1. If you buy a pre-assembled first aid kit, double-check it has everything you need. Top it up if it doesn’t.
  2. Remember to replace items as they start to run out or pass their use-by date.
  3. Keep your first aid kit in a waterproof container that’s large enough for the items to be arranged so they can be found quickly. A plastic container with a closely fitting lid would be suitable.
  4. Label items so that they’re easily recognizable – this will come in handy if you need to act quickly.
  5. Keep the kit out of the reach of children.
  6. Make sure that any other adults who may look after your baby at home know where to find the kit.