14 Essential first aid items to have in your handbag or baby change bag.
Updated: Jan 10
There are some first aid supplies that I don't leave home without. A little pouch sits at the bottom of my backpack, essentially forgotten about. Until it is needed, and one of my three children have an accident. And that's when I thank my future friend for being so organised.
The way my brain works, is I would rather have the supplies and never need them, than not having them when I absolutely need them. I suppose I have the same attitude to learning first aid- better to be prepared and learn these life- saving skills and never need them, rather than spend your days scared that something will happen and you won't know what to do.
So, here is a lovely starting point if you are wanting to put something together (and yes- of course you could buy a "travel" type first aid kit, but it may be bulky with a few things you don't actually need. At the end of the day, this handy little pouch just can't take up too much real estate in your bag, or else you just won't use it).
1. Plasters. All the plasters. Different sizes, characters, shapes, whatever. Such a great distraction tool.
2. Small instant ice pack. Crush and it is cold. Perfect for soothing head bumps and other minor injuries. Remember it will need to be wrapped in something before applying.
3. Sterile water to wash out wounds and eyes. You can buy these in 20 ml vials- perfect. Or else, bottled water would be great.
4. Disposable sterile gloves, and a spare face mask (thanks Covid)
5. Alcohol free cleansing wipes to wash any wounds
6. A couple of bandages
7. A pair of tweezers for splinter removal/ the spotting of an unruly eyebrow hair. Or in my husband's case, an unruly nose hair. TMI? Yes.
Things you probably already have packed:
8. Water. It can cool down, it can hydrate, it can cleanse. Winner winner chicken dinner.
9. A credit card. No, not for that hefty ice cream bill. Use the flat edge of any card to remove a bee sting. Don't pinch or tweezer it out as that releases more venom.
10. A clean muslin wrap or similar. It can support, it can have pressure applied to stop bleeding, it can even be used for a game of peek a boo if a tantrum occurs.
11. Snacks. Or as my kids are forever screaming "snaaaaaaccck!!". Be that parent that has a few favourites slipped away for when the hanger is real. Again, you will thank your future friend if you ever need them.
Some other things to consider:
12. Antihistamine tablets if required (think Piriton) and calpol sachets. Number one thing to remember is you do not want little hands getting to these- could you keep a couple in your purse instead?
13. Triangular bandage. Oh my goodness this is the number one thing people think of when they list contents of a first aid kit. The reality is that, yes, they do have a place and they can have multiple uses. But would you know how to supportively apply one?! You would probably do a better job using a scarf, or the child's jumper.
14. A plastic face shield. Nice to have one of these if you ever needed to do rescue breaths on a child that wasn't your own. (Oh my goodness, sorry, that got a bit scary then. It's okay... you have totally got this).
Hopefully that helps!