What you need to know about baby first aid

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Baby first aid means a lot of different things. After all, aren’t you baby’s first aide for everything they need? Feedings, diaper changes, cuddles, bedtime stories — you’re always there to help! Thinking about baby first aid can conjure up memories of CPR classes or emergency rooms, but first aid actually covers a wide range of situations.

What to do

For many baby first aid situations, you’ll be good to go with a clean cloth, a little water, and a bandage. This is true for cuts, scrapes, minor burns, and other small injuries. Babies sometimes scratch themselves on accident, which can lead to little cuts and scrapes.

A lot of first aid situations can be avoided with preventative care. Trim your baby’s nails regularly, childproof your home, and make sure they’re getting any medications they might need.

However, even after taking precautions, accidents may still happen. If your baby gets burned, suffers a major cut or fall, ingests something dangerous, or has an allergic reaction; you’ll need to take them to the emergency room for medical care. Try to stop any bleeding, bandage wounds, flush out infected eyes, and stay calm. For smaller injuries, keep a first aid kit with you and in your home.

What to have

First aid kits can look different for every family because the needs of each child are so different, but there are some basics that will help out most parents:

  • Bandages, gauze, tape
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Hand sanitizer or soap
  • Baby aspirin and any other medications your child might need
  • Hydrocortisone cream for rashes
  • Tweezers for splinters, thorns, and ticks
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, aloe vera

Who to call

You don’t want to be scrambling for a phone number in an emergency, so it can be helpful to keep a list of important phone numbers somewhere that’s easy to access. Consider keeping one on your phone, on the fridge, or in your car. All three couldn’t hurt either.

  •  Your healthcare provider
  • Local hospitals
  • Police department
  • Fire department
  • Poison control
  • Neighbors, close-by friends

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