Written by Moms on Call

As moms with 8 kids between us, we know that kids rarely get sick or injured at a “convenient” time.  If your life is anything like ours, these things happen at about the absolute worst time possible. 

You may be heading on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World and hear the words no parent longs to hear… 

“I don’t feel so…..(insert vomiting)”. 

Maybe 10 kids are coming over for “the-best-2-year-old-birthday-party-ever”!  Ten minutes before everyone arrives, the birthday boy is laying on the floor, sleeping, and at first you think “that is so sweet”.  (Famous last words.)  Then you think “this kid never stops at this time of the day and he looks a little flushed”. Holding your breath, you reach down to feel his forehead with your Mom-ometer and he is on fire! 

One of the main things we have dealt with in our homes and as after-hours nurses were the calls at 2am that included everything from fever, vomiting and diarrhea to eye drainage and croup. 

The one consistent thing about injuries is that they are always unexpected.  From the minor knee scrapes at the zoo, monkey bar elbow breaks and face plants when learning to walk…we have been there! 

So, how do we plan for the unexpected at home and everywhere else our kids exist? 

Simple.  Create two kits.  One for home and one for on-the-go.

At-Home First Aid Kit 

This kit preferably has a combination lock or you make sure it is placed out of reach.  Place emergency names and numbers, poison control number, pediatrician’s number and any allergies or medical issues securely in the bag. 

  • BandAids®
  • Children’s Acetaminophen (Pay attention to dosage instructions.)
  • Acetaminophen Suppositories (This is where we put meds when vomiting kids have a fever.) 
  • Diphenhydramine (Allergic Reactions)
  • Saline Nose drops (Congestion)
  • Glycerin Suppositories (True constipation)
  • Pedialyte (Electrolyte replenisher)
  • Pedialyte Popsicles 
  • Digital thermometer
  • Vaseline 
  • Medicine dosage syringes
  • Gas drops
  • Hydrocortisone 0.5%
  • Anti-bacterial wash
  • Pack of 4×4 Gauze and 2×2 Gauze
  • Ace Bandage
  • Squeezable ice pack
  • Tweezers
  • Medical tape

On-the-Go First Aid Kit

A small, secured backpack to throw in the car or in your stroller.  It contains an index card with emergency names and numbers, poison control number, pediatrician’s number and any allergies or medical issues. 

  • BandAids®
  • Children’s Acetaminophen (Pay attention to dosage per ml or tablets)
  • Acetaminophen Suppositories (Hopefully you never need but if vomiting/fever and unable to hold down meds, sometimes this becomes a needed option) 
  • Diphenhydramine (Allergic Reactions)
  • Dosage syringe
  • Digital thermometer
  • Hydrocortisone 0.5%
  • Anti-bacterial wash
  • Pack of 4×4 Gauze and 2×2 Gauze
  • Ace Bandage
  • Squeezable ice pack
  • Tweezers
  • Medical tape

As with all medications, always check with your pediatrician for instructions on when to give and dosage.  Many pediatricians have a “medication dosage chart” that will give you instructions on dosage by child’s weight for many of the approved over-the-counter medications. 

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