Baby First Aid

I have spent the last 9 months learning about pregnancy and preparing for birth… only recently have I started to think about life AFTER pregnancy—and there’s a lot to learn there too!! First up… the baby’s first aid kit. Pretty important, if you ask me. We have a lot on this list already, but need a few more things…
*Thermometer: preferably a digital rectal one
*Nasal aspirator: the snot sucker. Check
*Infant Tylenol (any non-aspirin). Check
*A list of important phone numbers: pediatrician, poison control, emergency contacts, hospital
*Infant CPR instructions. I am certified in adult CPR and the same class went over infant CPR, but didn’t certify us in it. There is a class at our hospital in Feb. that Steve and I plan on taking!
*Hydrocortisone cream/calamine lotion: for bites and rashes. Check
*Rubbing alcohol: for cleaning thermometers, tweezers, etc. Check
*Petroleum jelly: lube for thermometer
*Antiseptic skin cleaner
*Antibacterial cream: for cuts and scrapes. Check
*Tweezers and scissors. Check
*Sunscreen and insect repellent: child-safe
*Liquid decongestant: children’s strength. Check
*Gauze rolls and pads with adhesive tape
*Cotton balls and swabs. Check
*Tongue depressors
*Ice pack and hot-water bottle
*Small flashlight: for checking ears, nose, throat and eyes. Check
*First-aid manual

They do sell premade kits, which are a great start, but you’ll most likely need to add to any kits you buy. We received the “Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit” as a shower gift and it helped us a ton with the medicinal stuff.
-Fever/Pain Reliever
-Gas Relief Drops
-Decongestant nose drops
-Cool teething pain relief gel
-Saline drops
-Nail clippers
-Nasal aspirator

There’s also the First Years American Red Cross First Aid Kit: guide book, bandaids, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, roller bandages, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, cold pack, alcohol pads, hand sanitizers, 2 pairs of gloves, small cloth blanket, nasal aspirator, and toy rattle. $30 (we’ll probably buy something like this kit too)

And one a bit smaller… the Safety 1st Infant First Aid/Health Care Kit: nasal aspirator, thermometer, nail clippers, medicine spoon and medicine dropper.

4 comments to Baby First Aid

  • kia

    Great post. I definitely need to look into Infant and Child CPR + AED certification for me and mt spouse. You can never be too prepared.


  • Kristen

    I would also suggest that you have some flavorless pedialyte to have on hand for the first time baby throws up. (Lots dfferent from spit up…you will know the difference) They make them in little 8 oz singles which are great if its a one time incident, and they last forever, which will save you from running to the drug store in the middle of the night (and Yes, I have done that too!)
    We do the ear thermometer. Its not as 100% accurate as the rectal but quicker and easier for the queasy parent.
    Good luck!


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