Kid’s Travel First Aid Kit

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12.08.2021

Kid’s Travel First Aid Kit

Kids Health Secrets | Blue Emerald Wellness

Traveling for the holidays? Whether you are going abroad or just to Grandma’s house for the weekend, it’s important to bring some safety or first aid kit supplies with you. You might think you won’t need them….until you need them.

Kid's travel first aid kit for cuts and injuries for toddlers and young children.

It took a couple of boo-boo’s and ouchies on vacations for me to realize that I should probably bring some first aid supplies along with me instead of buying them during each family trip. As a result, I not only ended up with duplicate supplies, but some of the items leaked on the way home. Messy luggage, stained clothes and money lost.

So avoid the mess and prepare ahead of time!

Whether you have a newborn or an adolescent, this travel first aid kit for your child will help you be prepared for the unexpected.

And parents- those colorful zebra-print or movie-themed Band-Aids aren’t going to JUST be for your child. I’ve hurt myself many times during a trip where I thought, “If only I had a bandage..”. So this travel first aid kit can be for you too!

As a mom, and seemingly a part-time magician, nurse, circus clown, and piggy-back transporter to my daughter, this travel first aid kit I created for me and my family works every time!

Choosing the Container:
First things first, your kit doesn’t have to be fancy; it just has to work and be readily available. Keep it in your carryon luggage or in the front seat of your car. Get a small bag that zips, preferably a leak-proof material, and something you can see-through. Now, before you go out and buy something new- look around your home for an ideal candidate first. I ended up using an old make-up bag that had migrated to the back of my desk. Repurpose items in your home if you can!

The Essentials:

1. Prescription medication (with the original pharmacy label & the patient’s name)- This should be a supply for the entire trip and should include Epinephrine injections (Epi-pen) if your child has a history of allergic reactions and any prescribed motion sickness/anti-vomiting medication such as Zofran (Onsansetron).

2. Children’s/Infant Tylenol (Acetaminophen) and Motrin (Ibuprofen). Although it’s okay to give Tylenol to your child over 3 months of age and Motrin if they are over 6 months, you should always call your pediatrician to discuss administering these medications as well as the dose.

3. Benadryl (alternatives are non-sedating antihistamines such as Zyrtec and Claritin). Talk to your pediatrician for use for children under the age of 6 years old.

4. Thermometer. This is a must-have! Of course I knew I needed one of these when I was in a different country and my child ran a fever, while I was thermometer-less. Kids have perfect timing. I had no idea what temperature it was or how fast it was rising. Very disconcerting until I purchased one. This should be one of the key items in your first aid kit! Side note: get one with a flexible tip, so it’s capable of taking rectal temperatures, which is the AAP recommended way to take a young child’s temperature.

5. Tooth preservation kit

6. Hand sanitizer or alcohol pads

7. Antibiotic ointment. A small tube will do. No need for the Costco-sized container that will last long enough to pass down to your grandchildren.

8. Bandage tape. Just a small roll.

9. Bandages of large, medium, and small sizes. If you want some additional style, let your kid pick out some funky colors or themes. I love these bravery bandages by Welly. They will be more likely to wear them!!

Break time. Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? Don’t be! You probably have half of the items on this list in your home right now. Waiting to be organized into a life-saving kit.

Let’s continue..

10. Tweezers. Ticks? Splinters? Holding tiny things? Fix the link on your broken necklace? Bring these.

11. Bandage scissors. Note: If you are flying, these may not be TSA compliant when carried in your carry-on luggage. Check with your airline, but in most cases you will have to check your bag or remove them from this list entirely.

12. Sunblock. It isn’t just for the beach, especially if you have a young baby and are out on a long stroll in the daytime. Grab some children’s sunblock instead of the “sport” version. Don’t underestimate the power of UV rays!

13. Insect repellant

14. Non-latex gloves (2 pair)

15. Oral rehydration packets

16. Over the counter tissue adhesive such as New Skin. These are typically tiny bottles.

17. Space Blanket. These typically fold up to the size of the palm of your hand.

18. Disposable instant cold packs

Additional Items for Infants/Young Toddlers:
Of course babies always have the add-ons!! We need to pay extra attention to their needs, so us moms need to pack some additional items. Don’t worry, it’s not a lot!

1. Nasal suction, such as the Nose Frida, combined with nasal saline spray or drops.

2. Diaper [rash] cream. The Mama Earth Diaper Balm is one of my go-to’s.

3. Fungal cream

4. Cotton balls or Q-tips. Note: these should never be placed in a baby’s ear canal as these can cause ear damage.

5. Hydrocortisone cream. This can be used with rashes from a variety of causes. Whether it’s a rash from contact as the result of a bathing suit or just a viral rash, this will help. This is one of those over the counter medications you can use for a day or two, but should not use for more than 5 days. If the rash seems to be worsening, seek emergency care or give your pediatrician a call.

6. Baby nail clippers or file

7. Medicine syringe. They are easy to get from any pharmacy, or in some cases they come with infant/children’s medication.

8. Petroleum jelly + sterile gauze for circumcision care.

I’ve talked to some of my friends with kids and they either don’t have a travel first aid kit (sometimes no kit at all!) or they overpack their first aid kit items and supplies, not being able to find what they need in a desperate situation. Much like us gals with a deep purse- we carry everything, yet we can’t find anything!!

This children’s first aid kit is a list of your essentials and you will know where to find them (ahem, in that bag that I know you found in your spare bedroom).

I’ll say there is one thing I don’t recommend packing, but I will bet that you will still feel obligated to bring this along with you: over the counter cough and cold medications, which are NOT recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for young children.

Don’t forget to make your travel first aid kit TSA friendly if you are flying. And hey, maybe you should add a couple lollipops or snacks to the list so your child can feel rewarded for going through any tragedy (in their mind, it always is) on vacation.

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The information in this blog is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general information purposes and is the opinion of staff at Blue Emerald Wellness. Please do not delay seeking medical advice or treatment because of something you read in this blog.
Reviewed by Dr. Christopher Haines

 

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