As a parent, a boo-boo really pulls at your heart strings and it is important to be prepared for everything from a scraped knee to a bee sting to a burn. Here are a few tips for putting together your own first aid kit for kids. The essentials in this DIY first aid kit for kids are useful for all members of the family it is just that kids seem to need the first aid kit items more often since they do so much active play.
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How To Make A First Aid Kit For Kids
As a side note, I would like to point out that there are many premade first aid kits available for purchase in drug stores such as CVS. I do suggest having one of those on hand as well so that you are prepared for absolutely anything but I like to have my own DIY first aid kit in addition. This is because the kits sold in stores tend to be light on quantity and I want to be able to grab a box of bandaids or a bottle of rubbing alcohol without worrying about using up the last of what is in the kit. I keep my store bought kit for emergency back up- when I don’t have a first aid supply I need (like a butterfly suture) or I run out of an everyday supply (like a band-aid).
First you will want to gather your first aid kit items and then select a handy box, tote, or clear plastic container to store them all. Next, select a location to always keep your first aid kit so all the adults in the house know where it is and can find the first aid items when you need them.
DIY First Aid Kit Supplies:
Most Often Needed- For Cuts and Scrapes
- Antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol or Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser
- Antibiotic ointment
- bandaids and waterprooof bandages
- Elbow & Knee Bandages
- gauze pads and adhesive tape (just in case of bigger boo boos)
For Stings and Bug Bites
- Calamine lotion for bee stings or poison ivy
- Hydrocortisone cream, ointment or lotion for itching
For Something In The Eye
- Sterile eyewash or saline drops
For Bumps and Bruises
- instant cold pack (or just use ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a washcloth)
- comfrey salve or lavender essential oil
For Minor Burns And Sunburns
- Aleo Vera Gel or lavender essential oil
You can keep all these first aid supplies in a box, clear plastic container, or a tote. Keeping the diy first aid kit in a container will help you locate the items easily and have them available if you want to grab the kit and bring it to your child. This list of first aid kit essentials for kids is not all inclusive but it will help you handle the run of the mill ouchies that most kids encounter. Remember, if you have any health related questions or concerns, consult a qualified physician.
What are your favorite items to have in your first aid kit for kids? What kind of container will you use to hold your homemade first aid kit?