Baby First Aid Kit: Buying Guide
Required: A good digital thermometer designed for babies plus each product listed in the essentials category – first aid manual, Calpol, baby ibuprofen, 12 sachets of Dioralyte, cough syrup, vapour rub, hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, nasal aspirator, nasal drops, ear drops, eyewash, liquid medicine dispensers or syringes, 2 packs of antiseptic wipes, small and large bandages, sterile gauze, sterile swabs, cotton wool, plasters, tweezers, scissors, surgical tape, latex free gloves.
Highly Recommended: baby multivitamin, baby DHA, baby vitamin D (now required by the NHS)
This is one area in which it is definitely worth adding everything to your baby list so you don’t forget anything!
While it is possible to buy your own pre-packed first aid kit, it is an excellent idea (if tedious) to buy each individual product yourself so you can familiarise yourself with them. There are certain products you are virtually guaranteed to use in baby’s first year including Calpol, Calprofen andDioralyte while others you will just be very happy to have on hand in case of emergency. Regardless, it is important to have all of the items on our essentials list in a waterproof container that is clearly labelled, and in a secure place that is easily reached by adults. Check the contents of your first aid kit regularly to see what needs replacing.
You should keep a first aid manual with your first aid kit, and ideally take an NCT sponsored first aid training course (courses taught at home throughout London are available through Baby Steps) to teach you techniques such as baby CPR. Separately, the British Red Cross now has asmart phone app so that if your child chokes on a sweet or suffers a nasty cut, you’ll only be a few clicks away from knowing exactly what to do. This free app is packed with useful videos, animations and tips. It provides simple and easy advice, and each skill only takes minutes to learn. There is also a hospital finder in case there’s an emergency while you’re out and about, as well as a handy device to record your child’s medication needs and any allergies. You can download the app on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
|High Quality Digital Thermometer||1|
|First Aid Manual||1|
|Baby Ibuprofen||2 bottles|
|Cough syrup||1 bottle|
|Vapour rub for coughs and colds||1 jar|
|Hydrocortisone cream||1 tube|
|Calamine lotion||1 bottle|
|Liquid medicine dispensers or syringes||5|
|Antiseptic wipes||2 packs|
|Small bandages||2 packs|
|Large bandages||1 pack|
|Sterile gauze||2 packs|
|Sterile swabs||1 pack|
|Cotton wool||1 pack|
|Surgical tape||1 tube|
|Latex free gloves||2-3|
|Baby Vitamin D||Daily|
|Baby Omega 3 DHA||Daily|
Baby’s first year is a worrying time – particularly for first time parents – and you will take your child’s temperature far more times than you expect. A good digital thermometer is an essential first aid item – getting an accurate fever reading is critical for alerting you if anything is wrong with your baby or just re-assuring you that all is well. Properly taking baby’s temperature, however, can be a difficult task and we very strongly recommend models with infrared non-contact options which provide an accurate reading so long as you the device is within 5cm of baby’s head.
While these items are not absolute must haves, we highly recommend all of them to promote optimal baby health and to get your child off to the best possible start in life. Multivitamins specifically designed for babies provide a safe and balanced comprehensive range of essential vitamins and minerals to supplement what babies get from breast or bottle. The benefits of DHA (Omega 3) are widely known for adults, but supplements specially tailored for babies are strongly recommended for the proper development of baby’s brain, eyes and nervous and immune systems. Similarly, Vitamin D supplements are now strongly recommended by the health experts including the NHS as Vitamin D is critical for bone development – it is obtained naturally from oily fish and sunlight which we just do not get enough of in the UK. Finally, probiotics are now being given to babies to promote a healthy gut and immune system and may have lots of benefits for babies with reflux, an increasingly common problem around the world in young children.
Most babies will experience discomfort when cutting new teeth, which can lead to sleepless nights and troublesome feeding sessions for both you and baby. Teething gels rubbed onto baby’s gum provide effective pain relief and also reduce the possibilities of infection, and are recommended if teething proves troubling for your baby.
These are optional unless you actually have a baby who suffers from colic or reflux, in which case you will try just about anything. Traditional methods of trying to cure colic and reflux have included keeping baby upright after feeds, burping frequently, keeping mattresses tilted upright at a 30 degree angle, and a variety of medicines and homeopathic cures. More recently, however, some newer products have entered the market and there is a lot of promise around the idea of using probiotics to cure stomach ailments. Before visiting a doctor, we suggest trying some of the products below and some of the techniques described here to see what provides relief to your baby.
These can be particularly useful for babies/families prone to allergies, asthma or frequent colds.