What to Keep in Your Toddler’s First Aid Kit
by Nina SpearsThe Baby Chick
Toddlers are wild. Whether you are at home or on the go with your toddler, it’s always a good idea to have a First Aid Kit near by. Those pre-made store-bought First Aid Kits are fine and do carry some of the basics. However, they really are lacking some of the essentials that you might need. This is why I’m sharing my list of what to keep in your Toddler’s First Aid Kit. All of these products are great to have for the whole family. So let’s stay safe and start packing!
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. Check with your physician if you have any questions or need further clarification. This First Aid Kit list should be used as a guide. Every family is unique and your list should be tailored to fit your family’s needs, including allergies, medications, and health conditions.
Toddler’s First Aid Kit List
1. First Aid Kit Container
Find a container to store all of your First Aid Kit items. It can be a backpack, photo box, small duffle bag or any medium-sized container. I found this one on Amazon that I liked that looks exactly like this one but at a lower price!
2. Adhesive Bandages & Ace Bandages
Bandages are a must in every first aid kit. Adhesive bandages can treat scrapes, bumps and bruises and Ace bandages can treat sprains, strains and bigger wounds. I recommend getting all different sized bandages. Some even have cartoon characters on them so be sure to look for your toddler’s favorite character! Having their favorite character on their bandage makes treating the wound less scary and a little positive. It also decreases your chances of them fighting you as you try to treat their boo-boo and increases the likelihood that they will actually keep them on. Other items to consider that go along with bandages are:
a. Small Scissors: for cutting dressings to the right size, cutting medical tape, opening packages, trimming fingernails and hangnails, etc.
b. Sterile Gauze: both rolls and pads for big boo-boos.
c. Adhesive Cloth Tape: to hold together the cloth bandages.
d. Disposable Gloves: to keep wounds clean and away from infection.
3. Alcohol Wipes
Alcohol wipes are great for cleaning your child’s skin before removing a splinter and for sterilizing your First Aid Kit instruments. They are super helpful to have when dealing with injuries. To clean out a wound, all you need is clean water. If you are away from home and this Toddler’s First Aid Kit is for your car, pack a bottle of water in case you aren’t close to a clean source of water.
4. Hand Sanitizer
Before handling any wound or treating any injury, make sure that your hands are clean. If you’re not near a sick, a hand sanitizer gel will do the trick. We don’t want to make anything worse or get infected.
Diphenhydramine, better known as Benadryl, is probably the most important over-the-counter medication to have in your first aid kit. It can be used to treat and minimize allergic reactions, insect bites and hives. It’s truly an essential if your child has any seasonal, environmental or suspected insect allergies. Some pre-made kits will include Benadryl tablets, but for toddler’s you need a bottle Children’s Benadryl, the liquid form (or the generic equivalent). Don’t forget a measuring device like an oral syringe or teaspoon to give your child the correct dosage.
6. Hydrocortisone Ointment
This inexpensive over-the-counter medication will treat almost anything that itches—insect bites, rashes, poison ivy, etc. If you stop the itch, the kids won’t scratch, and you reduce the risk of secondary infection.
7. Ibuprofen and Tylenol
Again, most pre-made kits include these medications, however, you will have to add the liquid form for your toddler. These medications are good for pain-relief and fevers.
8. Numbing Spray
If your child has a burn (even a bad sunburn) or a painful cut or scrape, numbing spray can really help make things better for your child. This spray can be purchased over-the-counter at any pharmacy and is great for pain relief.
9. Sunburn Ointment
Speaking of sunburn, having some aloe vera gel or sunburn ointment can be really helpful if your child gets a severe sunburn. To avoid this all together, we also recommend having at least Sunscreen SPF 15 with you as well as some bug spray.
10. Prescription Medication
If this Toddler First Aid Kit is for your car, ask your child’s physician for an extra prescription for any medication your child uses frequently. This is especially necessary if your child has asthma or any allergies. You’d hate to have to run home for your child’s medication while out with your child when they are in need of that medication right then.
Speaking of allergies, if your child or any family member has severe allergic reactions to anything, ask your physician for a prescription Epi-pen. These can be life saving.
12. Nausea Medication
Planning on a long family road trip and afraid that your toddler might get car sick? Add some Dramamine to your Toddler’s First Aid Kit in the car. You’ll be happy you did if it avoids you from cleaning out vomit in your car.
This should go without saying but you should have a thermometer. We know that you can probably tell if your toddler has a fever just by placing the back of your hand on your child’s forehead. However, doctors like specific temperatures and details, so have a thermometer (ear or oral thermometer) in your Toddler’s First Aid Kit.
14. Instant Cold Packs
15. Pre-made Finger Splint
Little fingers can get slammed and jammed pretty easily. If you’re not sure if their finger is broken, place it in a pre-made finger splint then head to the doctor. This will help your child protect it while in transit.
16. Saline Spray & Nasal Suction Device
Most kids hate the “snot sucker” but it’s a good idea to have one, at least until your child is old enough to know how to blow his/her nose. Saline-and-suction can be really helpful when trying to loosen mucus and help your child breathe better.
17. Tweezers & Small Magnifying Glass
Tweezers are good to have to remove splinters and pieces of glass that are stepped on. It can also be helpful to remove bugs from ears, fishing hooks from fingers, etc. However, do not use tweezers to remove a tick—tweezers will oftentimes only remove the tick’s body but leave the head in the skin.
18. Zip Lock Bags
Dental injuries can happen so have some zip lock bags in your Toddler’s First Aid Kit to keep track of any teeth that fall out or are knocked out. If you find a tick or some type of bug on your child or in their ear, place it in the zip lock bag to be able to identify it later. Some bugs carry more serious diseases than others.
19. Baby Wipes
No matter what age your child is, wipes are always helpful to have around. Even if it’s just to clean hands or wipe noses, wipes are great especially when boo-boos happen.
Lips can also get chapped and burned while playing outside. Keep some chapstick or lip balm to sooth chapped lips, cold sores, lip injuries, and sun-burned lips.
Children get worked up when they are hurting. Who doesn’t? Giving them a gatorade can help them calm down and is very useful for hypoglycemia and dehydration.
22. Flashlight & Batteries
If you don’t have a reliable light on your cell phone, include an LED flashlight or headlamp. A flashlight is not just for night-time injuries—you’ll need a bright light to get a good look at splinters, or look in kids’ mouths, ears and noses. And make sure that you have some batteries so that your flashlight will always be working.
What Should I Do In Case of Accidental Poisoning?
Call the Poison Control Center immediately!
The Poison Help hotline number is 1-800-222-1222.
Where Do I Keep My Toddler’s First Aid Kit?
If you are only able to put together one First Aid Kit then I recommend storing it in your car. Whether you’re at home or away, you’ll never be without it and you will always know where it is. You also will never have to remember to pack it when leaving home, which is another perk. If you have more than one family car, I would recommend making another First Aid Kit for each car. And if you want another one for the home, even better.
When Should I Restock It?
Check your Toddler’s First Aid Kit yearly and restocking it with any low or missing items. Also, be sure to look for expiration dates on all of the medications, including creams and lotions and replace them as necessary. Your First Aid Kit does not have to be expensive and you do not need to buy all of these items at once. To start yours, I suggest buying one or two items every couple of shopping trips. Before you know it you’ll have a stocked First Aid Kit for your toddler!
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