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First aid kit checklist for babies Apr 18, 2017

First-aid kit checklist

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Last updated: January 2017

Supplies you'll need for dealing with minor medical problems at home or while traveling. View and print our formatted first-aid kit checklist.

· Prescription medications
Take along a copy of the prescriptions and your doctor's phone number, just in case (although some pharmacies accept only local prescriptions). Include a medicine dropper or oral syringe, too.

· Thermometer
Most digital thermometers can be used in the mouth, in the armpit, or rectally.

· Baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Lowers fever and eases pain.

· Liquid soap
Get the gel kind that doesn't require water. Useful for cleaning up scrapes as well as messy diaper changes when your child has diarrhea.

· Antibiotic ointment
Helps heal cuts and scrapes and keeps them from becoming infected.

· Sterile bandages
You might also include sterile gauze pads to clean up scrapes and stop bleeding.

· Tweezers
Remove splinters or ticks.

· Sunscreen and lip protection
Use on babies 6 months and older and in small amounts (on the face and back of the hands) in babies under 6 months. Look for SPF 15 or higher with UVA and UVB protection.

· Insect repellent
Use repellent with DEET (up to 30 percent) or picaridin on babies 2 months and older.

· Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream
Soothes insect bites, rashes, and sunburn.

· Cold pack
Reduces swelling from bumps, bites, and minor burns. Get the kind you just squeeze to start the cooling reaction.

· First-aid pocket guide
Try Janet Zand's Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies.

· Electrolyte replacement solution
Helps prevent diarrhea-related dehydration. Some brands are made just for babies. Available in most pharmacies.