What should I keep at home in case of an emergency?
This is a question I have been asked on numerous first aid courses for parents, so do you need a first aid kit?
In short you can have as much or as little as you like but there are a few things I would recommend parents to keep which can be brought in the shops in case of an emergency.
Then of course there are things that you don’t really need.
Things I would recommend?
Thermometer- temperatures are common in childhood so a decent thermometer is a must - do you own research to find out which one you think is best.
Something to manage a temperature - paracetamol suspension or ibuprofen - get the shops own, no need to spend a lot on a brand name.
Plasters - all children love a plaster, but be aware of allergies.
Dioralyte in case your child gets a vomiting bug or diarrhoea.
Something you can use for an ice pack - perhaps a gel pack or something.
Things I wouldn't recommend
Germolene, savlon, TCP - no known benefits and they are not sterile once open so water is equally as good to clean a cut.
Cough medicine - hot squash, honey and lemon or some other soothing remedy is equally as good. These will not cure a cough at all.
What else should I think about?
I have written a previous post on toddler proofing your home, and as accidents in the home are the biggest risk to the under 5s, keeping things out of the reach of little hands and putting safety measures in place is equally important.
Children will get sick from time to time or injure themselves. Some of this can be managed at home and some of it will require medical attention. Having a few things to hand can be helpful in case pharmacies are closed, but it your call in the end.
And myself, what has been my fall back first aid kit….. there have been times when I have had nothing except a thermometer and we have survived with no major ill effects despite my daughter injuring herself at every opportunity.