Family First Aid Kit

It's a good idea to have a complete first aid kit in your home. You may also want to keep a smaller kit in your diaper bag or car.

Here are some items to include:

  • Thermometers (a rectal thermometer is the most accurate, but you may want to have a digital thermometer on hand as well; when you call your pediatrician, be sure to specify which type you used)
  • Tweezers, for removing splinters
  • Scissors
  • Nasal aspirator, for clearing mucous from a baby's nose
  • Heating pad
  • Hot-water bottle
  • Ice pack (keep one handy in your freezer; in an emergency, a package of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a cloth, can serve the same purpose)
  • Adhesive bandages, in assorted sizes
  • Gauze rolls and pads, in assorted sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Infants' and children's acetaminophen, as recommended by your pediatrician
  • Children's decongestant, as recommended by your pediatrician
  • Hydrogen peroxide, for cleaning cuts and scrapes
  • Antibacterial cream, for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream, for rashes and insect bites
  • Rubbing alcohol, for cleaning thermometers
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Sunscreen (do not use on babies younger than six months)
  • Insect repellent
  • Syrup of ipecac (never use unless advised by your local poison control center)

Note to parents: This is a general guide only. For more information, please consult your pediatrician.

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