Summer First-Aid Kits for Infants & Children: American Heart Association First-Aid

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Injury is the leading cause of death in children and young adults. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 2,800 children, ages one to fourteen years, that died from an unintentional injury. Many of these injuries could have been prevented. The summer time produces a lot more accidents and injuries in children than any other time of the year. During the summer, children are more active outside: swimming at the lake, riding their bikes, playing soccer, camping in the mountains, and other outside activities. Now is the time to be prepared by setting up an infant & child first-aid kit.

Parents do not need to spend a lot of money investing in a costly first-aid kit. A well stocked first-aid kit does not need to cost more than $40 but it should be replaced about once a year, or when supplies become low. Some first-aid kits boast having thousands of different supplies, but it is more important to concentrate on the most important supplies and having more of the supplies that are used the most.

Supplies to control bleeding: gloves in different sizes, bandades in different sizes, sterile bandages, roller bandages, scissors, and some cleaning supplies such as antiseptic wipes for minor injuries.

Supplies for a pediatric CPR emergency: gloves, CPR breathing mask, or keychain CPR mask, and an AED (now available for home use).

Supplies for insects and bites: EPI pen if a child is allergic to bees, Benadryl, snake bite kit, tweezers to remove a tick

Supplies for a child poisoning emergency: the local phone number for Poison Control Center (can be found in the local phone book), Syrup of Ipecac is no longer used for poisoning emergencies.

Supplies for emergencies such as earthquakes: flashlights, portable radio, extra food and water, blankets, comfortable shoes, hand sanitizer.

The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association sell first-aid kits and first-aid supplies. These first-aid kits are designed to provide the most essential supplies to care for a child during an emergency. Besides organizing the first-aid kit, parents should attend an American Heart Association First-aid class or an American Heart Association CPR class.


Charles Seidel
Oakland CPR Certification

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