Children’s first aid kit: start your holiday prepared

Berlin – Just in time for the start of your holiday in Germany, it’s time to pack your suitcase and go on holiday. Anyone traveling with children should think of a well-packed first aid kit with the most important medication for typical childhood illnesses. Ready to hand for emergencies, but protected from children, nothing can stand in the way of your vacation. Anja Klauke, an expert in self-medication at the Federal Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), provides tips on what to look out for.

A well-packed child first aid kit basically contains all the medicine in the first aid kit and sometimes emergency medicine for the child. “You should also take medication to treat typical travel disorders in children – for example for diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever or cold. Bandages for injuries and remedies for sunburn or insect bites should also not be missing. Get advice from your local pharmacy in advance or seek medical help if you are unsure, ”advises Anja Klauke.

Checklist for children’s first aid kit:

  • Medicine for diarrhea (Electrolyte powder for children for oral solution)
  • Medicines for bloating or stomach cramps (solutions or suppositories)
  • Medicine for travel sickness (chewing gum, juice, tablets or suppositories)
  • antipyretics (Juice, suppositories, tablets, soda granules or hot drinks with the active ingredients ibuprofen or paracetamol)
  • Medicines for colds, sore throats, coughs and colds (nasal drops / spray, ear drops, throat lozenges, cough syrup)
  • Medicines and bandages for injuries (Wound and healing ointment, patches, adhesive bandages, wound compresses (sterile), elastic gauze bandages)
  • disinfectant (especially suitable for children; without perfume and dyes)
  • sunscreen (especially suitable for children; high sun protection factor; agent with both UV-A and UV-B filters; free of fragrances and preservatives)
  • Means to repel insects and insect bites (Creams, lotions or sprays for children, mosquito patches, cooling gels, tick tweezers / tweezers)
  • disposable gloves
  • digital clinical thermometer
  • cooling pad

NOTE: It is the dose that counts

“Always make sure you dose medications, such as fever and painkillers, in an age-appropriate way. Carefully read the age recommendations in the package leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Special care is required, especially with infants and young children,” Klauke emphasizes. ” Also think of dosage forms that are suitable for children. Juices or suppositories can make it much easier to take compared to swallowing pills. “

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“Most medications should be stored at a normal room temperature of up to 25 degrees,” by Klauke. This is because certain drugs can lose their effectiveness at high temperatures. Creams or gels can become liquid, suppositories melt. For example, if medication is left in the car’s heated trunk for an extended period of time, liquid dosage forms such as drops or juice may be beneficial. “Before your trip, find out at your local pharmacy if you need to refrigerate certain medicines,” says Klauke. You may be able to carry them in a cooler bag. You should only use cold packs if the package leaflet states that a medicine should be stored in the refrigerator. Even if the temperature is too low, active ingredients may change. For example, liquids can freeze.

“Basically, I recommend transporting the first aid kit safely and sealed in your hand luggage. If it gets very cold in the hold during a flight, or if the suitcase gets lost, you always have a small basic set at hand in case of acute travel problems, ”Klauke recommends.

As soon as the destination is reached, you should store the first aid kit in a dark and dry place and at a maximum room temperature of 25 degrees. Important: A first aid kit does not belong in the hands of children! “Keep the medicine out of the reach of children. For example, the top cupboard shelves at a height of at least 1.50 meters are suitable here. Also always remove medicine from their original packaging just before use. It provides protection from direct sunlight and ensures chemical and physical stability. of the active ingredients, ”explains Klauke.

NOTE: The general advice given here does not constitute a basis for medical self-diagnosis or treatment. They cannot replace a doctor’s visit.

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