Accidents, falls, bites, scrapes – they are inevitable, especially around eight-year-olds. There are a few simple steps that parents can take to make sure they are prepared for when trouble strikes. Having a home (or car) First-Aid kit ready, and making your young children aware of it, is one of them.
To prepare for life’s unexpected accidents, whether it’s a minor injury like a scrape from falling off a bicycle or a more severe issue that needs serious medical attention, a proper First-Aid kit can help you to take immediate action.
For young children still growing-up a First-Aid Kit can conjure up images of ambulances and paramedics which is reassuring. Putting a kit together as a family activity provides the opportunity to educate your kids on the subjects of risk, safety and treatment. You can explain why a First Aid Kit should only be used with supervision. You can also use the activity to discuss what to do in an emergency, like dialling 0-0-0, or going to a trusted neighbour if someone has an accident and there are no adults to help.
Here are some important items to consider in your First-Aid Kit. Be sure to check with your pharmacist or GP if you have further questions about what should go in based on your families specific health conditions.
- Check expiration dates and empty packages.
If you’re lucky, you won’t be checking your First-Aid kit regularly. It is, however, essential to do a check-in with your kit a few times a year to replace expired items.
- Purchase from a reputable supplier.
If you choose to buy a pre-made kit, be sure to check that the contents are of high-quality and approved by reputable medical equipment and supplies company.
- Smart and safe DIY Kit.
You’d rather create your kit? Choose a large, airtight plastic container as your base container, and add smaller containers to organize your supplies for easy finding. Make sure what you put in those containers is reliable and of quality.
- Store smartly
All First-Aid kits and medications are best left out of reach of children, even children eight and up. Place your kit in a high cupboard or in place that your children cannot access.
Important First-Aid Kit Items
- Whether you buy or DIY, consider these important items in your kit:
- Adhesive strip dressings
- Wound dressings
- Elastic crepe and non-elastic bandages
- Swabs and disposable gloves
- Scissors and blunt-nosed shears
- Burn relief cream or gel
- Adhesive tape
- Thermal blanket
- Notepad and pencil
- Any necessary family medications
Being prepared by having a well-stocked, up-to-date First-Aid Kit can be invaluable when accidents or more serious injury occurs. It can also be an educational activity for your young children to learn about danger, safety, risk and what to do and not do if an accident or emergency occurs.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.