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First Aid Kit Essentials for Parents

First Aid Kit Essentials for Parents

Every parent knows that when your child is sick or hurt, the last thing you want is to be unprepared. St. Claire Pediatrics provider Tabitha Sims, APRN, gives her recommendations on what you should keep in your first aid kit to be prepared for the next ouch that occurs. “A kit that is tailored to your family’s needs can be a life-saver. My suggestion would be to start with a store bought kit and add tools and medications based on the ages and health concerns of your kids,” says Sims.

Tools & Sterilizers

Scissors – Good for cutting gauze or clothing in an emergency.

Tweezers – To remove splinters or ticks.

Thermometer – You will need a non-glass thermometer to take a temperature.

Flashlight – Helpful for night time accidents or looking at a sore throat.

Rubbing alcohol – To sterilize tools.

Two Liter Bottle of Saline - To flush debris out of wounds or eyes.

Mild Liquid Soap - Useful for cleaning around wounds.

Pre-Made Finger Splints- Use when you’re unsure if it’s a broken finger until you can get to your provider.

Two Instant Cold Packs – Great to use for bruises and sprains.

Gloves – Use disposable gloves when dealing with blood.

Clean Towel – Create your own triage on the go by laying down a clean towel.

Zip Lock Bags – Handy for holding teeth that fall out or are knocked out. They are also useful for keeping a tick that has been removed. Be sure to save it for identification.

Medications & Ointments

Pain reliever – acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Antihistamine – Benadryl is your first defense against an allergic reaction.

Epi-pen - If allergies are severe.

Hydrocortisone Cream – To sooth itching from bug bites or rashes.


Rolls and Pads of Gauze – Use these to dress wounds.

Adhesive Tape – To attach the gauze.

Sterile Cotton Balls – To clean or dry a wound before dressing. Tape won’t stick as well to wet skin.

Cotton Swabs- Use to clean the area surrounding a wound, cleaning the external part of the ear or the nose.

Band-Aids – For small cuts, scrapes and scratches.

Ace Bandage- Use for sprains, strains or to stop bleeding.

Some other tips to keep your children safe:

Make sure to store your first aid kit out of your child’s reach. Inform babysitters of where you keep the kit. You may want to include contact information for your family healthcare provider, your local hospital, the poison control centers’ national emergency hotline and local police and fire departments. Travel with your first aid kit or keep an extra kit in your car for injuries away from home.

Remember, every situation is different. It is important to know how to treat minor injuries at home as well as when to seek medical attention from a healthcare provider. If you are concerned, call your child’s pediatrician. Looking for a pediatric healthcare provider for your child? Visit to schedule an appointment with St. Claire Pediatrics.