You never expect something to happen to your child until it’s too late. You may think you’re prepared, but when was the last time you checked your first aid kit? Being prepared is the first step to protecting your children during an emergency. This doesn’t mean you have to operate a small hospital, but here are 10 first aid items that every mom should have.

  1. Prescription medication

If your child has recurring allergies or asthma attacks that require a prescription, you need to be prepared. Next time you visit your physician, ask for extra prescriptions of any medicine you use frequently.

  1. Pain relievers

A non-aspirin medication, such as ibuprofen, is one of your greatest tools. Educate yourself on all dosage recommendations early to limit the risk of overdosing.

  1. Hydrogen peroxide

Kids are no strangers to everyday cuts and scrapes. Hydrogen peroxide, as well as antibacterial cream, is used to disinfect these.

  1. Sunscreen

Sunburns occur at times you least expect. Ideal protection is 30+ SPF, as well as SPF lip balm.

  1. BAND-AIDS®

Bandages come in countless sizes and shapes, therefore you should invest in a variety. BAND-AIDS® seal off cuts and scrapes from infection.

  1. Benadryl®

Allergic reactions are terrifying if you’re not prepared. Benadryl® fights the symptoms of allergic reactions long enough to get your child to the ER.

  1. Aloe Vera

If the sunscreen you packed just didn’t do the job, aloe vera can provide relief from sunburns, frostbite and other burns caused around the home.

  1. Hydrocortisone cream

Hydrocortisone, otherwise known as calamine lotion, provides your child with relief from insect bites or contact with poison plants.

  1. Eyewash solution

You’ll find yourself needing eyewash solution in many situations. This solution relieves allergies, contains pink eye, and moisturizes dry eyes.

  1. Flashlight

When your child complains of a sore throat, a small high-beam flashlight may prove useful to check the throat for swelling or redness, as well as their ears and noses.

You truly can never be too prepared to protect the ones you love. If you find yourself without a first aid kit or needing supplies, stop by your local Family Pharmacy to stock up today.

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