Here are some ideas, to have a more prepared first aid kit or bag.
- Have two bags one for inside and one for outside.
- Start a first aid book. Go to KidsHealth.org to the parent site and see the what to do instructional sheets. You can go to the emergency ones, these would be more common accidents for a child care setting. These are just a few that they have. Print them off put them in a three-ring notebook, to have handy. Panic moments happen and you will be glad that you planned ahead.
- Bites and Scratches
- Bug Bites and Stings
- Head Injuries
- Heat Illness
What to put into the first aid kit or bag.
- Band aids of all sizes and styles.
- Adhesive tape
- Roll of gauze
- Package of 4×4 gauze
- A cleansing agent
- Elastic bandage
- Alcohol wipes
- Antibiotic cream
- Antiseptic solution
- Antibacterial hand sanitizer
- Safety Pins
- Instant cold pack
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cotton swabs
- digital thermometer
- Nasal irrigator
- Bottled Water
Things to think about.
- Make sure all emergency numbers are programmed into your phone or have a list that is in the bag.
- Make sure that you have all contact numbers of the children in the kit or programmed into your phone.
- Write out the directions to your house on the front of your first aid book. It is much easier to read it than try to remember it in an emergency.
- Plan to restock and check your bag for accuracy, on every daylight savings in the spring and fall.
Emergencies happen, not matter how safe an environment that we keep. Being prepared can make all the difference in the world. Take the time to make sure that you have everything you need.