(AD) Being a parent and caring for children of all ages can be daunting, scary and challenging. You can do everything right but there will be times when our little angels may hurt themselves. We can do everything to make sure they are generally well but as our children grow up there’s just no stopping them. With our excited and adventurous toddlers, comes falls, scrapes and cuts. So how can we be prepared to take on their adventures safely? Keep a DIY-handy first aid kit with all the essentials in your diaper bag. Read through for my checklist on what essentials you actually need in your diaper bag. I have even included a printable checklist for you below.
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First Aid Kit Essentials
As part of the “Adventure Fearlessly” campaign, I was asked to join in with other families and children to show how easy and safe it was to play and have fun together without the fear of the little trips, scrapes and grazes ruining the fun. We were kindly sent a great little first aid kit by Safe and Sound Health to use with our little adventurers when out and about.
My little toddler always seems to be going off in all directions and getting caught in between branches, trees and all things pointy and sharp. No matter how hard I try to keep him safe, like all other parents, he, like all other children, still manages to somehow get a little hurt #boyswillbeboys
Safe and Sound Health have therefore put together amazing little products to help parents quickly and easily clean up any wounds, disinfectant little hands and with their new Kids plasters, cover and protect the wound. This, in turn, helps put a smile back on their children’s faces so they can get back to their adventures and have fun!
When packing for your next trip, make sure to include these handy items in your first aid kit:
Adhesive Bandages / Plasters
The answer to any boo boo as we know it is a cute and friendly plaster. With these Kids Fun Plasters, your children won’t be put off having fun once you cover up their scrapes, cuts and wounds. For girls, they have cute and cuddly unicorn plasters (with dinosaurs, mermaids and princesses). And for little adventurous boys, they have dinosaur plasters (along with robots, monsters and spaceships).
These handy plasters are wash-proof so can withstand small splashes, dampness and wet environments. But like any other plasters, they’re not fully waterproof so be careful with prolonged exposure to water. These plasters are also hypoallergenic and gentle on delicate skin. They have been created to be flexible for kiddies that love running around and moving. They are perfect for small cuts and grazes and come in a handy size for your first aid kit in your diaper bag.
Alcohol wipes are essential for any first aid kit. You can use them to wipe down any cuts, grazes and wounds. They are also good for disinfecting any scissors & tweezers. I personally use alcohol wipes to disinfect my phone. I even use them around the house on my remote controls and other items!
As you are pretty much all aware at the moment, hand sanitisers are the only way forward. Everyone sells them, everyone has them out for use wherever you go, and pretty much everyone carries them around in their handbags, purses, diaper bags and pockets even! Ready to use at any time. Hand sanitisers were a thing even before the COVID-19 situation and most people, including myself, would religiously use them when out and about after pretty much every situation. I had many bottles and/or wipes in my bags so for me nothing much has changed except I see everyone using them now (oh and the price has gone up lol).
Hand sanitisers come in many forms including gel hand sanitiser, sprays and foaming hand sanitiser. They can be used not only for just disinfecting your hands after touching something or before entering a venue. But they are also important for cleaning your hands before treating an open wound. This ensures that no bacteria is passed along to the open wound causing infection. It’s important to make sure your hands are clean. Ideally, we would make sure of this by using soap and water but when on the go with your little ones, this isn’t always possible so hand sanitisers to the rescue. I tend to go for the hand sanitisers that are also gentle on the skin (especially small children’s delicate skin) and that dry quickly without leaving a yucky sticky residue.
Hand sanitisers are important as they ideally kill 99.99% of germs instantly, preventing you from catching or spreading winter colds and flues.
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Antiseptic Wound Spray
One other really important first aid kit essential has to be Antiseptic Wound Spray! Whenever you’re out and about you need to be sure that you are prepared for any outcome or scenario – whether it serious or not. Antiseptic Would Spray is a convenient item to have on hand on your adventures to help you clean out those little cuts and grazes. The spray helps clean and prevent small wounds from becoming infected. This product is gentle on babies’ skin and painless to apply without stinging any skin. Antiseptic Wound Spray can be used to treat cuts, grazes, insect bites and relieve minors burns or scalds.
Tweezers & Scissors
I would definitely recommend carrying with you in your first aid kit a pair of scissors and tweezers. You never know when you need to cut a bandage, snip something away or even pull something out of those little fingers. These are essentials for any diaper bag on the go. But please take caution and hide them away from those curious little kiddos.
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Instant Ice Cool Pack
Cool packs are always necessary to keep in your diaper bag. They are very handy for relieving pain, preventing swelling and bruising that may happen on the go. They are so handy for keeping in your diaper bag (perfectly sized) and are activated simply by squeezing and shaking! Ah-maz-ing and so handy.
Instant Cool Packs are also great for mummies and daddies that need to relieve any pesky migraines, sunstrokes, insect bites, toothaches, and general muscle pains.
I highly recommend keeping some thermometer strips in your travel first aid kit. You never know when your baby or toddler may sprout a fever. If that happens and you’re either in the car or out in the park you will definitely be happier knowing you can quickly check their temperature.
Children’s Paracetamol/ Ibuprofen
I tend to keep a bottle of paracetamol in my diaper bag as you never know when it may come in handy. Your child may have a fever that needs settling. Your baby may be teething and needs settling, or your toddler may even have hurt himself and needs something for the pain. Just be sure to read the label before using. I have even found these handy paracetamol sachets which are the perfect travel companion.
Tips to take away
- Keep a full-sized first aid kit at home and a smaller version travel kit in your car
- You may also need saline solution for washing out any blocked noses and antihistamine for any allergy attacks.
- Make sure to check your first aid kit annually to restock and replace expired medication
- Always disinfect your tools such as tweezers and scissors to keep them clean. Any bacteria that is left on them may cause further infection and harm to open wounds and cuts
- Keep your first aid kit secure (preferably zipped up) and out of sight in case your child can get to it easily. Wouldn’t want them touching any sharp or harmful objects
- Always trust your instincts: if you feel something is wrong with your child or they have had a serious injury then call your doctor or emergency services immediately
- Always wash your hands or sanitise before using any items from your first aid kit
Disclaimer: this is NOT medical advice as I am NOT a medical professional. Please seek any medical advice as and when you think fit.
Which essential items are in your diaper bag first aid kit?
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