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First-Aid Kit & Week in Review

Dear Debi,
What do I need to remember when putting together a first-aid kit?
Debi's Tips
Debi Gutierrez
Debi Gutierrez
  • Store your first aid kit in a lightweight, durable container with a handle
  • Keep a kit at home and a small version in your car
  • Read the first-aid kit manual
  • Check and re-stock your kit regularly
  • Tape a list of emergency phone numbers and kit components to the lid
And donít forget about the great things that we learned this week:
Expert Advice
Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D.
Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D.
Did you know that a well-stocked first-aid kit, kept in easy reach, is a necessity in every child care setting or home? Gathering supplies ahead of time will help you handle an emergency at a momentís notice.

Your first-aid kit should be stored in a container that is lightweight, durable and has a handle so itís easy to carry and simple to open. Plastic tackle boxes or containers are ideal.

A provider should keep one first-aid kit at home and a smaller version in each car. And remember to store your first aid kits in a location thatís easily accessible for child care providers and known to providers, but out of reach of your kids.

Once youíve stocked your kit, make sure to read the entire first-aid manual ahead of time, so you'll understand how to use the contents of your kits. (If your children are old enough to understand, review with them as well.)

Check the kits regularly. Replace missing items or those that may have become outdated.

Tape a list of emergency phone numbers as well as all items in the kit on the outside or inside the lid, so you know whatís there and what needs to be replaced.

A first-aid kit should contain the following items:

  • Simple first-aid manual
  • Sterile gauze
  • Adhesive tape
  • Bandages in several sizes
  • Ice wrap
  • Antibiotic cream or triple-antibiotic ointment (e.g. neosporin)
  • Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Tylenol or Motrin (infant and child)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic gloves (a few pairs)

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