First Aid Kit Basic for Kids: Everything you need in your home
Updated: Oct 19
In every Singapore home, car, or vacation suitcase, a well-stocked first-aid kit for children is a must-have.
Scrapes, scratches, grazes, and mild burns are all too common in our household with kids. However, do you know what to do in the event of an accident, and do you have the necessary first-aid supplies at home to assist your children right away?
Finding band aids and dressing wounds can be quite stressful if you don't have all of the necessary items in one place when you notice blood and are in a panic. So, here's how to assemble your ready-to-use family first-aid kit, as well as information about child first-aid course in Singapore First Aid Training Centre to help you get ready.
Start putting together your family's first-aid kit and enroll in a course so you can treat your children right immediately.
First, know this: IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 995 (SINGAPORE)
A medical kit and a first-aid kit should be kept separate. Pain relievers, antihistamines, a thermometer, and other medical supplies might be included in your medical kit. In a panic (i.e. when confronted with blood), however, you want your first-aid supplies to be easy to identify and see in a stripped-down kit.
On the sensitive skin of babies under the age of a year, pure aloe vera should be used instead of disinfectant. Wounds on the hands, feet, or head cause a lot of bleeding in babies.
FIRST AID KIT
The box/bag: Pick a brightly colored box or bag that will stand out. It should be kept somewhere easy to find and recover. Make sure it's well-sealed and child-resistant.
Surgical gloves: If there's blood and you're treating someone else's child, put on the gloves right away to protect yourself and the child from blood-borne infections.
Scissors: To cut off clothing or cut up pieces of bandage and gauze.
Tweezers: To remove glass and splinters (consider investing in a splinter extractor) or stingers from bees.
Sterile cotton balls: Wet cotton balls with saline solution to clean wounds, or use to absorb blood.
Butterfly clip and safety pins: To secure large pieces of absorbent gauze.
Thermal blanket: This doesn't have to be in your first-aid kit; instead, keep it close or in a separate drawer. It's to keep your child warm if he or she goes into shock as a result of a traumatic fall or electric shock.
Copies of important documents: Keep a photocopy of everyone's passports, including your helper's, along with your ID cards, medical information (such as allergies), a copy of credit card information (in case your helper needs to take a child to the hospital), and taxi money. Place these in the box in a sealed envelope.
First Aid Treatment
Hand sanitiser: To sanitise your hands immediately before treating any open wound.
Calamine lotion: Hives, rashes, and bites will be relieved immediately. Rashes will be assessed in your first-aid course, but calamine lotion is a good place to start.
Aloe vera: Perfect for burns (after running them under cold water), sunburn, and other skin irritations, just like calamine. Also, on babies under the age of two, this is the finest item to use instead of disinfection.
Antiseptic spray: A spray is an ideal solution for grazes that are too painful to touch.
Disinfectant swabs: Use to clean scissors, tweezers, surfaces and to disinfect the skin.
Saline solution: To rinse and wash wounds, scrapes and scratches.
Eye drops: It's ideal for rinsing off anything that irritates the eyes. Eye drops can also be used instead of saline solution or distilled water, but they are gentler.
First Aid Cover Ups
Burnshields: Designed to stave off infection in more serious burns, and heal the skin more effectively. You can buy Burnshields online.
Band-aids: Multi-sized band-aids/plasters are a no-brainer for all sorts of cuts and scratches. Clean the area first with sterile water or saline solution, pat dry with sterile cotton balls, disinfect, then secure the band-aid.
Microplast: Essentially a breathable, multi-purpose and gentle-on-the-skin sticky tape. Use it to secure gauze or an eyepatch.
Cushioned dressing pads: To gently cover affected areas. Secure them with your microplast.
Elastic cohesive bandage: Great to hold the skin of a nasty cut together before having it assessed if necessary. Can also be used to hold on bandages and gauze.
Absorbent gauze: It's a must-have for multi-tasking. It can be used to cover grazes, torn into pieces and used with an elastic bandage to cover wounds, folded over to put on the gums in the case of oral injuries (only be aware of the choking hazard in small children), or used as a light tourniquet if necessary (again, a first-aid course will explain when and how to apply a tourniquet).
Eye patch: Once you’ve washed out the eye, if you feel that medical assistance is required, the eye patch will stop your child from rubbing their eyes and causing further irritation.
First Aid Courses
Aside from keeping a first-aid kit for children and a list of emergency numbers, emergency hospital locations, and after-hour clinics on hand, it's a good idea to take a CPR and first-aid course (they are often presented together).
Consider taking a refresher course in Singapore if you've already completed one, especially if it's been a while. It will also assist you in comprehending how things are done here (which may differ from what you are used to).
Our long-standing organisation has a variety of first-aid courses, both in person and online, to get you up to scratch in no time. It’s skills you hope you never have to use, but are vital to learn.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the application of first aid principles and how they can help you, your organisation and those around you, we offer a comprehensive Blended Child First Aid Course Accredited by the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC) and recognised by ECDA and MSF, this blended 2020 version of the Blended Child First Aid Course was specifically designed for childcare, preschools and kindergarten teachers and meets the requirement for centre licensing. Includes Standard First Aid and BCLS+AED Certification.
Participants will undergo 7 hours of online learning at their own pace, followed by 1.5 days of practical in class.
These are courses which can be accessed at any time to help train you and those around you at times which suit them, developed by experts to assist with practical first aid training.
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