First aid kit for babies and children: checklist

The composition of a first aid kit for babies and children is of course always as individual as the child himself, but there are a few basic things and medicines that belong in any first aid kit for babies. We have summarized them in a checklist and also provide tips for first aid kits for older children.

A change in the climate, different food, a new environment – the probability of diarrhea, colds, insect bites or sunburn on a family holiday is quite high. Then there are the small ailments that your baby still has to deal with over and over again: flatulence, dental problems or a sore buttocks. For example, a well-equipped first aid kit for babies from 4 months always contains a pain-relieving tooth gel, so you can spare your baby not only the pain, but also one or two sleepless nights.

With our checklist, you can instantly see what belongs in a first aid kit for babies and children and be prepared for any eventuality.

What belongs in a first aid kit for babies? A checklist

Whether the first aid kit is prepared for a 3 month old baby or an 8 month old child does not matter. The following two questions are essential for thinking about the most important things:

  • What medical equipment should we have at home at all times?
  • What additional medical emergencies may occur at the holiday destination?

There are pharmacies, doctors and hospitals almost everywhere in the world, but especially if your journey takes you to rather remote corners, the effort of suddenly having to get medicine can be quite large. Especially since diseases in babies often occur in the evening and something is rarely open so late. A well-stocked first aid kit gives you peace of mind when traveling with your baby.

The basic functions of a first aid kit for babies are always the same:

  • clinical thermometer (Forehead or ear thermometer): Fever is a symptom of many infectious diseases. With an easy-to-use infrared thermometer, ideally with baby mode for an age-appropriate fever warning display, you can keep an eye on your baby’s temperature at all times.
  • spongy nasal drops for infants, alternatively also angelica balm for external use (it is best to have nasal drops ready in your hand luggage during the flight.)
  • nasal aspirator (for severe sniffles)
  • fever pillsfever drops or fever juice (It is best to get advice from your pediatrician about this.)
  • Dental gel for severe ignition paine.g Dentinox (When a toothpick no longer helps.)
  • Wound protection cream for the diaper areafor example from Weledawith severe diaper rash zinc ointment
  • For minor damage: Pavementscissors, sterile wound compresses and non-scorching wound disinfectant (If the injury is severe enough to require proper bandages, be sure to seek medical attention on the spot).
  • For insect bites and sunburn: cooling and analgesic antihistamines e.g. Fenistyle
  • For sun protection: a good baby sunscreen, eg from Pædiprotect
  • For insect protection: Note, insecticides are usually only suitable for children from 2 years of age. Babies help only light, airy clothes and one mosquito net over cots or prams.
  • cross tweezersto safely remove ticks from the skin (when traveling to areas at increased risk of TBE or Lyme disease)
  • In severe diarrhea: Electrolyte solution to compensate for high fluid loss. (Recommended especially for long-distance travel to countries with poorer hygiene conditions).
  • For abdominal pain and flatulence: hot water el cherry pit pillow for short-term pain relief

Tip: The best way to prevent diarrhea in babies is to continue breastfeeding fully while on vacation.

This equipment is usually needed immediately when symptoms occur, so it is worth having it ready for your baby in the first aid kit. Medicines that are less urgently needed, for example cold balm or eye drops, can also be purchased at the holiday destination if desired. If your baby suffers from allergies or chronic diseases, the appropriate medication must of course also be taken with him.

Checklist: first aid kit for older children

The older the baby, the more baby products are eliminated. Older children, of course, no longer need diaper cream or tooth jelly, but mosquito spray or medicine for, for example, travel sickness can save them many holiday days. Plasters and bandages as well as good tweezers are also included even more important for children than for babiesas they are constantly in motion and can quickly get a lot of splinters and grasses.

Here is our checklist for a first aid kit for older children:

  • clinical thermometer
  • Nasal spray (pay attention to age recommendation)
  • Fever and pain juice, eg from Nurofen
  • For minor damage: Pavementscissors, sterile wound compresses and non-burning wound disinfectant (For major injuries that require more bandages, you should definitely seek medical attention.)
  • Wounds and healing ointment
  • Tweezers and nail scissors to handle splinters and cracked fingernails.
  • children’s sunscreen
  • Anti mosquito sprayfor example from Stiftung Warentest test winner Autan (if you travel to an area where mosquitoes are a problem)
  • For insect bites and sunburn: cooling and analgesic antihistamines e.g. Fenistyle
  • cross tweezersto safely remove ticks from the skin (when traveling to areas at increased risk of TBE or Lyme disease)
  • Against travel sickness: On long journeys by car or even by boat, children from the age of 6 can take travel tablets or special chewing gum dragons (eg from kl. super pep).
  • In severe diarrhea: Electrolyte solution to compensate for the large loss of fluid (especially recommended for long-distance travel to countries with poorer hygiene conditions)

Tip: The best way for children to avoid diarrhea on holiday is to avoid ice cubes, tap water, peeled fruit and salad, seafood and raw meat.

As with a first aid kit for babies, the same applies to medical equipment for older children: Anything not intended for emergenciessuch as cold balm, lozenges for the throat or diarrhea tablets, can just as well be bought at the local pharmacy and should not fill the luggage unnecessarily.

Composition of a first aid kit for babies and children: tips for packing

The first aid kit for the holiday with your baby is packed easiest and fastest if your standards such as cherry pillows, nasal drops, fever pills, thermometer and Co. already there gathered one place, eg in the medicine cabinet or in a small medicine bag that you always carry with you on domestic trips or when you visit grandparents. All that needs to be done here is to check if the medicine can still be used and what holiday-specific equipment is still missing. Other important tips for putting together your child’s first aid kit are:

  • So the suitcase does not burst at the seams: Do not take whole packs with you, and instead put together a supply of medicine that will last you about three days. During this time it should be possible to get supplies locally if needed.
  • Take important medicines with you on your flight on a flight: If your luggage gets lost along the way, you are on the safe side. Nasal drops can also be helpful in the plane.
  • Checks next to the expiration date as wellwhether the medicine found in the home is still age-appropriate.
  • Always store the first aid kit in such a way that your baby cannot access it.
  • Many medicines, especially capsules and suppositories, need to be taken store cool and dry will. This is not always possible when traveling to hot countries. Therefore, we recommend a toilet bag with a thermal inner lining, such as this, as a first aid kit Thermocase travel bag.

Additional precautions for long-distance travel with babies and children

Depending on the country you are traveling to with your baby, different precautions must be taken. The best way to find out exactly what these are is with one travel medical advice. Here you can get tips on how to best protect your child against diurnal mosquitoes, such as tiger mosquitoes, which among other things transmit dengue fever, or what belongs in the first aid kit for babies when you travel to a malaria area (which medicine to put in Malaria emergency set belongs to depends on the respective risk zone).

You will also be informed about recommended travel vaccinations for your child during a travel medical consultation. This could be, for example, a hepatitis A vaccination for travel to tropical and subtropical destinations or a TBE vaccination for travel to areas with an increased risk of TBE or Lyme disease. Also that vaccination card belongs in your baby’s first aid kit, says itself.

And last but not least, find out medical treatment at the resort and if you have persistent complaints, despite language barriers, do not hesitate to make use of them. Because the likelihood of this increases with children, it is always recommended for family trips international health insurance to finish.



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