Must-have children medical supplies (and must-not’s)

children medical supplies

Any responsible parent must keep children medical supplies and medicines in their first aid kit, while at the same time that unnecessary items are not taking up space. Let’s take a look at some of the do’s and don’t’s.


Medical Supplies for Children Medicines for Children Not for Children****
  • Sterile gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Bandages
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Basic soap
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cold packs
  • Thermometer
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Emergency numbers
  • Doctor’s number
  • Directions to nearest E.R.
  • Pain relievers
  • 1% hydrocortisone skin cream
  • Pedialyte rehydration fluid
  • Extra prescription drugs**
  • Cold medicines
Cold suppresant
  • Benadryl***
  • Teething gel for infants
  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhea medicines
  • Syrup of Ipecac

*Should only be given to children older than 6 months. 


**Particularly if the child has a chronic condition such as asthma

***For allergic reactions or nasal allergies exclusively in children 1 year and older, unless directed otherwise by a physician.

****Consult a doctor before using laxatives and anti-diarrhea medicines; avoid Ipecac altogether.

 Most children medical supplies focus on the first aid treatment of cuts and scrapes. For example, you have your tweezers for the removal of slivers and foreign objects from the skin, your scissors to cut dressings for wounds, your alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and soap for cleaning cuts and wounds, and your sterile gauze, tape, and bandages of varying sizes for cuts and scrapes that children usually sustain during play. In addition to those items, there are cold packs for bumps and bruises and sprained ankles, or al and digital thermometers for fevers, gloves for managing wounds with blood, and also blankets, flashlights, and other supplies that come in handy in case of an emergency.

As far as medicines are concerned, most of them are available over-the-counter. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to consult a pediatrician as to which medicines are safe to give your child. Not all children are the same, and small infants in particular should be tended to with extra care in their times of sickness. Moreover, be extra wary of syrup of Ipecac; though it was once widely recommended for accidental poisonings, it could be considered a poison now. That’s why you should keep the number for poison control among your emergency numbers. 

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