First Aid for your baby
It is always good to have a first aid kit in case of emergency (ICE)
The hope is that you will never have to use it, but Sassy Bloom believe that is it essential to always be prepared.
First Aid Courses – there are many courses around the UK available. Some larger groups take place in a hall and other more intimate ones take place in the home. We believe it is something that every parent should know. Some cover just baby and others cover baby, toddler into child. They will cover your basic worries such as choking, loss of consciousness and CPR, bleeding, burns and very high temperatures.
Every parent is nervous about their new baby. There are so many risks in your home that you may not be aware of that it is always good to know the basics of what to do in an emergency situation.
As well as doing a first aid course – it is always good to have a list (at home and with you if you are out) of emergency numbers for you to contact in an emergency. It is just one less thing for you to think about in a situation.
Also make sure that you have a first aid kit at home. You can purchase one, but you will probably find that some of the things in the kit are not of use to you. Some people like to keep a kit at home and one in their change bag in case something were to happen whilst you were out of the house.
You can also put together your own first aid kit. Sassy Bloom have put together a list of the items we believe you should have in your home first aid kit.
- A first aid manual – this is a good refresher for someone who has done the first aid course previously.
- Baby thermometer
- Calpol or Nurofen (always follow instructions) as well as a medicine spoon or administering syringe.
- Calamine lotion for burns or rashes.
- Antihistamine cream to help soothe bites or stings. Also an antihistamine medication (Piriton) for mild allergic reactions
- An antiseptic cream for cuts and scrapes.
- Tweezers to remove splinters or other objects
- Ice or gel packs can be kept in the fridge and applied to bumps to relieve swelling. A packet of frozen peas is just as good, but wrap it in a clean tea towel as direct contact with ice can cause a cold burn on skin.
- Saline solution which is useful to removing something from your child’s eye
- Antiseptic wipes. These are a handy way to clean cuts and grazes but also to make sure that your hands are clean when treating the child.
- A pair of sharp scissors for cutting plasters and tape to size.
- Insect repellent.
- Sticky plasters in various sizes and shapes.
- Assorted bandages, including a triangular bandage, plus a 2.5cm and 5cm strip for holding dressings and compresses in place.
- Adhesive tape.
- Finger bandage.
- Sterile gauze.
- Disposable sterile gloves.