Having a First Aid kit is important. Everyone should have one in case of an emergency but it is especially critical if you have children in school. At the beginning of the year one is typically required and while your child’s teacher is going to send you home with a list of items that should be contained in your child’s kit, there are some additional items that we think you should consider adding because you never know if a disaster may occur in which you and your child may be separated for a long period of time. It is always best to have too much than to not have enough. So, today we are going to tell you about the basics that every First Aid kit should contain.
Items for Injury
Even if there isn’t exactly an emergency that has taken place at your child’s school, there is a chance that they may get injured. This is where you want to make sure you have the proper ointments and creams as well as Band-Aids to make life easier for teachers. Other good things to have would be adhesive bandages as well as soap so the wounds can be cleaned. You may also want to pack things such as aspirin and a thermometer.
Food and Drinks
As many of you probably already know, during times where the power is out or there is some sort of natural disaster, water and food may not be easy to come by. This is why you want to make sure you have plenty of snacks and water to last at least a few days. This way, you can rest assured knowing your child is safe, full, hydrated and comfortable.
In Case Weather isn’t Optimal
It can be very hard to predict what the weather is going to be like, so you may want to include items such as warm blankets and a jacket inside your child’s First Aid kit. While chances are your child will be inside the school building, you can never be 100% sure so we advise adding these items just to be safe.
Especially for those of you who have children that have medical conditions or are on special medications, you want to include these items in their First Aid kit. You never know when an outbreak may occur or an allergic reaction etc. It’s hard to say how long your child may be out of medical care, so you want to do everything in your power to allow those watching your child to be able to keep them healthy.
Other Important Items to Have
While all of the above items are necessary, it is also a great idea to have your child’s medical information handy. Such information as what they are allergic to is extremely important as well as vaccination records. You may also want to include important numbers in case emergency contact is required and maybe the school’s computer systems are down. This may include the numbers of relatives that live close by, the hospital and doctor’s name of your child and close friends who can be reached to discuss your child’s current situation.
You can never have too many contacts listed because you never know how easy communication will be. In order to keep your child comfortable, especially if they are going to be away from you for a length of time; you may want to include additional personal items. This may include one of their favorite blankets and even a stuffed animal so they won’t feel as scared. Having something to snuggle up with can definitely make the situation seem that much better and can help them sleep if they are forced to stay away from home overnight.
You Can Never Be Too Safe
At the end of the day, you want to know that you did everything in your power to keep your child safe. Especially when it comes to your child’s safety, you can never be too cautious. You want to make sure that you cover all your bases and make it as easy as possible for those who may need to take care of your child. The good news is; your child’s school will typically have emergency items as well so if there isn’t enough; you don’t have to worry about that. This may include food, extra clothing and so forth. So, try not to worry too much. Schools definitely have your children in mind when it comes to safety.
Purchase Starter Kits
There is also the option of buying First Aid kits at your local store, but we advise always verifying what is in them and adding items as necessary. The great thing about these kits is they will typically contain smaller versions of the products you may have been placing inside; saving space and time.