This is my first-aid kit for the children. It’s actually a craft storage box that I got at The Container Store. (My unhealthy obsession with that place is a whole different post.) It has three tiers and oodles of room. (The picture is actually their “small” hobby box. I got the large one.)
I keep it on top of the refrigerator because its a central area in our house. I keep it like this because its portable and self-contained. Very handy. I also have a general first-aid kit that I bought from the Red Cross.
Here’s what I have:
Tier 1: The most-used items
- Dye-free generic infant Tylenol (grape flavor. ALWAYS grape flavor. Trust me.);
- Dye-free generic infant Advil (grape flavor);
- Thermometer that I only use in the underarm area;
- Infant gas relief drops;
- Homeopathic infant gas relief dissolving tablets (Hylands brand);
- Homeopathic infant gas relief drops; (can you tell we had some issues before?)
- Homeopathic teething gel (Hylands brand);
- Infant nail files; and
- An assortment of medicine droppers.
Tier 2: First Aid
- Blunt-nose scissors for cutting gauze or clothes;
- Medical tape;
- Tube of vaseline;
- Assortment of band-aids;
- Hydrocortizone cream; and
- Bite-relief stick.
Bottom tier: The Excess
- Extra baby tylenol and advil;
- Baby gripe water;
- Tylenol suppositories (in case of severe vomiting);
- Ace bandage;
- Lanocane antibacterial first-aid spray;
- Children’s Benadryl;
- Humphrey’s teething tablets (I’m very meh on these. You have to dilute them in water before giving them to the kids. I prefer Hylands); and
- Vicks forehead temporal artery thermometer. (FYI: this is not as accurate as the underarm thermometer the hospital sends you home with, but its faster — think seconds instead of minutes. )
I also taped a list of the correct dose for each child for Tylenol and Advil to the inside lid. Its a great quick-glance reference. Just remember to update it regularly as your kids grow. (I make it a habit to update after every doctor’s appointment, because our doctor’s office writes in the correct dosage for each child’s weight on our take-home sheet.)
It’s also a great go-to guide for my husband and any babysitter if I’m not home. To quote the Hubs: “You can’t find your car keys, but you can tell me the correct Tylenol dosage for both kids?”
I also recently bought a four-person first-aid kit/disaster kit from Amazon and added in some safety items of my own. I still need to get the 4 billion gallons of water to store (somewhere) in our garage, but I’m getting there. That reminds me, I also need to refresh/replenish our car first-aid/disaster kits. (Yes, KITS. One for each car.)
But that’s another post.
I’m curious: What is in your first-aid and disaster kits?