Leaving home with a baby for the first time brings on anxiety – going on holiday, away from home base especially if far from civilisation takes anxiety to a whole new level! What if your baby gets ill – runs a fever or has diarrhoea? What if your toddler has an insect bite or cuts himself badly?
The solution? As the old girl guide motto goes – Be Prepared! Pack yourself a kick-ass travelling first aid kit. Going from top to tail -use the following guidelines:
Fever and pain – Take a Paracetamol syrup with you, such as Calpol or Panado. Also worth taking is Paracetamol based suppositories, in case your baby is vomiting and can’t keep oral medication down. You also need a thermometer to determine if your little one has a fever.
Ear ache – Use the painkiller you have taken and then get your little one to the doctor as soon as you can.
Eye injuries – If your baby has an eye infection or trauma to the eye while you are away, wash it out with saline eye drops and get to a doctor when you can to have it checked out.
Congested or runny nose – Decongestants are not recommended for children under 2 years of age unless prescribed by a doctor. So for snotty noses and blocked upper respiratory tract – the best thing is a good quality Saline Nose Spray. Even if the snot turns green – it is not an indication of a bacterial infection necessarily so if your baby is not running a fever or coughing, just keep going with the Saline Spray.
Sore Throat – A red and inflamed throat is most probably viral but will lead to lack of appetite due to pain. Treat with the Paracetamol you have taken and see a doctor if it persists.
Coughs – A doctor should see your baby if he/she has a cough and no cough mixture is recommended for babies under 2 unless prescribed by a doctor. The cough mixture I would recommend for older toddlers is Stodal, which is a homeopathic cough soother.
Tummy bugs – The main principle is to keep your little one hydrated so a good rehydration solution is essential. Anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhoea medication should only be used on advice from a doctor and thus only taken in the first aid kit in circumstances when you are too far to get to a pharmacy.
Insect bites and allergies– In the case of an allergic reaction or a bite or sting, infant appropriate anti-histamine is useful. Calamine lotion or Anthisan are great topical treatments for bites and stings.
Trauma – In case of cuts and bruises the following should form part of a good First Aid kit:
- Syringe for giving meds
- Rescue Remedy
- Cotton wool
- Alcohol swabs
- Antibiotic ointment
- BurnSheild for burns
- Plasters in various sizes
- Gauze bandage – non sticky
- Micropore or similar adhesive tape