As a new mother it’s always important to be prepared. Planning ahead and preparing for the worst, will help ease any difficult situation you might encounter with a newborn. Creating your own at home first-aid kit from scratch, filled with readily available items that are important to have on hand at all times, is very simple.
Infant First-Aid Kit Supplies
According to BabyCenter.com, if you’re attempting to build your own baby first-aid kit, head over to your local drugstore and look for the following items:
- Infant and/or child thermometers (both digital and ear or rectal)
- Children’s and/or infants’ acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Topical calamine lotion
- Rubbing alcohol swabs
- Petroleum jelly
- An assortment of adhesive bandage strips in various sizes and shapes
- Gauze rolls
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile cotton balls
- Cotton-tipped swabs
- Non-latex gloves
- Mild liquid soap
- An oral syringe
Most of these items will help with the common colds, cuts, and scrapes that infants may suffer from.
Newborn First-Aid Kit Requirements
KidsHealth.org mentions a few requirements about the importance of a well-stocked baby first-aid kit in the event of an emergency. It is recommended that you keep these requirements in mind when creating your “DIY” first-aid kit for your newborn.
- Keep the first-aid kit in a safe place away from children.
- Check the baby first aid-kit regularly and replace any items that are running low.
- Make sure all the first-aid kit supplies are in good condition. If something has expired, replace immediately!
- If you’re traveling it’s a good idea to bring along a “DIY” first-aid kit, as you never know when you might need the supplies to care for your newborn.
Of course, for your baby’s safety, always consult your pediatrician or family physician for guidance. To schedule an appointment with our family doctor in Monmouth County, New Jersey, call us at 732-741-5600. We will gladly accommodate pregnant women and their infants.
Now that you know how to build a “DIY” baby first-aid kit, spread the word!