Articles and Topics
What should be in a First-Aid Kit?
It's wise to construct a small, portable first-aid kit to keep in the car or diaper bag.

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 and sterile gauze pads

  • First-aid tape (to secure the gauze)

  • A small scissors

  • A thermometer

  • Liquid acetaminophen

  • A bottle of rehydrating solution

  • Tweezers (for removing splinters)

  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream

  • Antiseptic lotion or liquid
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education