Safety First

With a little one in the house, it’s time to stock up on your first aid kit.

WORDS MELISSA ESPECKERMAN

Did you see that? Your little bub just crawled for the very first time. Pretty soon he’ll be exploring the house without a care in the world…his tiny hands reaching out for just about anything he sets his sights on. And before you know it, he’ll be taking his first steps. While he may be a little wobbly on his feet at first, he’ll soon find his way around. So be sure to keep a watchful eye on him and keep him out of any trouble.

What’s in a Kit?

With a significant number of accidents occurring in the home, it pays to be prepared. Your first step? Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit in the home. Sinthu d/o Samikkannu, senior pharmacist at Unity Pharmacy shares what the essential items to include in that all-important kit.

  • Thermometer to help monitor body temperature
  • A fever reducing cool patch used for pasting on the forehead to lower down body temperature
  • Topical calamine lotion for insect bites , rashes and to relieve itchiness
  • Vials of saline for cleaning of wounds or irrigation of eyes
  • Sterile cotton balls to clean wounds
  • Adhesive bandages strips in assorted sizes for minor cuts and blisters
  • SterileGauzesof assorted sizes to cover wounds
  • Crepe bandages for supporting a sprain or forholding a dressing in place
  • A triangular bandage for making a sling
  • Scissors for cutting tape, gauzes and bandages
  • Surgical tape to stick down dressings in place
  • Antiseptic ointment to prevent infection for cuts and scrapes
  • Aloe vera gel for burns and sunburns
  • Safety pins for securing bandages
  • Tweezers for removing objects, such as splinters
  • Alcohol swabs to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors
  • An oral syringe or calibrated cup or spoon for administering medicines

 

Additional items may include medications -- as per your paediatrician recommendations

  • Children's and/or infants'  fever medication (e.g. paracetamol syrup) to relieve fever and mild pain
  • Antihistamines for insect bites, hives, and allergic reactions
  • Anti-diarrhoea medications and rehydration fluids for children with diarrhoea
  • Any other essential medications for any particular medical conditions that your child might have (e.g. asthma inhaler for asthmatic children)
Don't Panic!

No one wants to be in an emergency situation, however, if you find yourself in one, Ms Sinthu shares with you some tips on how to handle it.

  1. Stay calm for your child because if you are inpatient and panicky, most likely the child will be affected the same way as well.
  2. Plan ahead: Find out which emergency department is closest to your home in cases of emergencies. You can even drive to that hospital and see how long it takes you to get there. That way you’ll know if it’s accessible on emergencies or not.
  3. Doctors do suggest that parents keep a record of their child's important health facts. This can help a medical team make a better, quicker diagnosis when time really counts.
Always Ready

While you may have a first aid kit at hand, be sure to check its contents regularly. Look out for expired items and replenish any used items. With a little one in tow, it might also be a good idea to carry a mini first aid kit in your bag. But again, check on the items every couple of months, especially if you decide to keep one in the car, as some items may deteriorate faster in the heat.

It also helps to keep a list of your child’s allergies, should he have any, as well as any current medication that he is taking. Keep it somewhere you’ll remember. You don’t want to have to hunt for it in an emergency.

Whether you have one at home, in your bag or in the car, be extra careful that your child does not get his little hands on it. Keep your first aid kit, high up and safely out of reach of your children.

First aid products courtesy of Unity Pharmacy

Thanks for sharing!