Although babies are more robust than we sometimes give them credit for, they are still vulnerable to any ailments and once they start moving around, can be prone to accidents.
So be prepared, like everything, a little preparation can help take the stress out of life! Make sure that you a comprehensive first aid kit for your baby. Not just at home, but also for when you are out and about.
What should you include in your baby’s first aid kit?
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen Drops- Babies are vulnerable to viruses, so they tend to catch colds more often than adults. Make sure you have a bottle of both age appropriate Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in your medicine cupboard. Also, stock some in sachets. They are handy when travelling. Make sure that you have a few sachets of both Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in your baby’s changing bag. Why do you need both? Paracetamol and Ibuprofen both work as analgesic. They both reduce temperature, but they work differently. If you have given your baby Paracetamol, you can’t give her another dose until 4 hours later. However, if the temperature doesn’t go down, you can give Ibuprofen. Although, when temperature doesn’t go down, even after you’ve given your baby medication, you have to contact your GP.
Antiseptic cream - Include antiseptic cream in the kit to disinfect wounds and abrasion. Anti-sting cream – Insects, mosquitoes and wasps have no respect for age. And they seem to find babies quite tasty. Anti-sting and bite creams are great at soothing itch and preventing irritation. They’re also very effective for nettle sting. Make sure to have one in your baby’s changing bag as well as in your first aid kit.
Digital Thermometer- There are cheaper thermometers around, but digital thermometer makes taking your baby’s temperature very easy. Insect Repellent Lotion for babies with 8-hour protection- Make sure your repellant lotion can protect your baby the entire day.
Fabric plasters – Yes, colourful plasters maybe great for babies to look at, but fabric plasters are more effective and they stay in place.
Cotton Balls- This is easier to wipe and clean the wounds or cut. Oral Syringe- It’s convenient for measuring liquid medicine especially for babies.
Sun cream wipes – English weather is very unpredictable. One minute it’s dark and grey, the next it is sunny. Having sun cream wipes means in your emergency kit means you are always able to protect your baby’s skin when you are out and about and the sun decides to make an appearance. However, they’re not as effective as sun cream lotion, so just keep them for emergency.
Pair of scissors – You always can’t find a pair of scissors when you need one. Putting a pair in your baby emergency kit will ensure you know where you can find one. You can probably think of more things to put in your baby’s first aid kit, but the list covers all the basics. Make sure that you have them neatly stored, so you can easily find what you need when you need them. Also, regularly check the content of your first aid kit for expiry dates.