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What to Keep In a First-Aid Kit
With children around, it's important to keep a first-aid kit handy in case of an emergency. But what should go in it? Here are the essentials:
  • Adhesive bandages & sterile gauze pads
  • First-aid tape (to secure the gauze)
  • Small scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Liquid acetaminophen
  • Bottle of rehydrating solution
  • Tweezers (for removing splinters)
  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
  • Antiseptic lotion or liquid

Phone Numbers to Keep Handy in Case of an Emergency
In an emergency, every second counts. That's why it's a good idea to keep a list of phone numbers that you can access in a flash.
  • 911
  • A neighbor, friend or relative
  • Work phone number(s)
  • Cell phone number(s)
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire department
  • Police department
  • Poison control
  • Pediatrician
  • Medical insurance plan
  • Pharmacy

Child's Medical History
Important information to post for caregiver or for your reference during stressful times.
  • Child's full name & date of birth
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Allergies to food or medications
  • Immunization record
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education