What should you have in your first aid/emergency kit?
A new mom recently asked me if she needed to purchase a first aid kit to have in the house in preparation for the new baby. There are indeed lots of commercially available kits out there, but it is pretty simple and less expensive to put together your own.
Last week my post was all about being mentally prepared for a variety of situations. This seemed like a logical follow up.
Having some items on hand is wise. Take time to make sure these things are organized and easily accessible so that you don’t waste time scurrying around if you need something quickly.
The following link is to my December post about having an appropriately stocked medicine cabinet.
That post gives you a hefty list for things you should keep available at home.
Here are a few additions
Every family with a young child should have a nasal aspirator: The hospital will send you home with a bulb aspirator, but many people find those awkward.
I really advise that every new parent have a NoseFrida:
or NeilMed Naspira:
If the baby has a stuffy nose, or has secretions blocking their nasal passages, these snot suckers are a simple way to clear them. Have you ever had milk come out of your nose when you are laughing, sneezing or coughing? That can happen to your baby as well. An aspirator near by can make things less chaotic.
Make sure you are prepared and own infant nail clippers or scissors. Some babies are born with very long nails and can end up really scratching themselves if you don’t clip or file them :
I asked Dr Katherine Morioka of City Optometry what folks should have on hand in case of an eye injury. She suggests that a first aid kit should include artificial tears, an eye wash kit, gauze and first aid tape.
Away from home:
CAR: Every car that you drive should have its own emergency kit in the trunk.
Some of the items I am going to add are NOT typically found on general lists.
Have a change of clothes, extra diapers, clean socks, extra layers (for every family member.) In San Francisco, the fog can come in quickly; don’t end up looking like a shivering tourist and resort to having to buy another Alcatraz sweatshirt.
A baggy with basic first aid supplies:
Have some durable snacks, pouches or bars and some water. If you are on a road trip double down on this and make sure you have provisions in case you get stuck.
Okay, here are some things that are not on the general lists:
Get in the habit of checking this stash thoroughly, several times a year. Perhaps do it with the clock change when you check your smoke detector batteries. Check expiration dates, diaper sizes, battery life, phone number accuracy,... etc.
As long as you are close to the car, you don’t need to carry too much with you.
Keep a small baggie with some gauze/ antiseptic wipes/ small packet of neosporin. If you more than 30 minutes from the car, have tylenol/ibuprofen, and benedryl/zyrtec with you. If there are medications in your diaper bag, pay attention that young children don’t have easy access to them.