Be prepared for toddler fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and daily boo-boos. Stock your home first aid kit with these basic supplies for helping sick kids feel better.
Home First Aid Kit Essentials for Dealing with Sick Kids
1. Bandages: Keep a big box of flexible band-aids for your little one’s daily owies and boo-boos. Try Waterproof Tattoos for pesky scrapped knees.
2. No-Hurt Antiseptic: They’ll still cry, but cleaning wounds with a solution contacting anti-septic will help numb the pain and prevent infections.
3. Thermometer: A simple, cheap drugstore digital thermometer works just fine. However if you have multiple children and are scientifically inclined, investing in a hospital grade thermometer is a good long-term investment. Settings can take temperatures oral, rectal, or in the arm-pit – great for sick kids of all ages, and super-accurate.
4. Cold-pack: Be ready for bumps, lumps, and bruise. Keep a kid-friendly ice packs ready at all times (or alternatively, a frozen bag of green peas). Helpful tip: Ice on 20 minutes, Ice off 20 minutes, Repeat. For large lumps, this really helps keep the swelling down.
5. Green Machine: Toddlers vomit….a lot. Toddlers have diarrhea accidents…..often. Prevent spreading infection across your household by having a quick hands-free cleaning system.
6. Pedialtye: Dehydration is the number one concern when toddlers have fevers, vomiting or diarrhea. Water is best, but if your toddler refuses, keep them hydrated with pedialyte. Tip: Avoid sugary drinks including juice which often makes sick kids feel worse, not better.
7. Medicines: Children’s Tylenol (Acetimenophen) and Children’s Advil (Ibubrofen) are the two must-have medications in your toddler first aid kit. Sometimes a toddler fever is controlled better by one medicine, not the other, so have both available. Be sure you follow the directions for proper dosing.
8. Dehumidifier: Try using a dehumidifier in the room when your toddler is congested or experiencing Croup (a viral infection that causes seal-like barking, coughs, and difficulty breathing during the night).
9. Emergency List: Keep a hard copy list with the poison control hotline, your pediatrician, your health insurance information, and basic contact information.Yes, this is all electronic, but in case of real emergency, you don’t want to be looking for a cell phone charger, plus it is essential for baby sitters to have readily available in your home.