Are teachers and childcare workers prepared to deal with an emergency involving a child?
As we all know, children are prone to accidents, which is why it’s important for classrooms to be equipped with a children’s first aid kit, and childcare workers equipped with the knowledge of how to use it. Teachers, childminders and parents have a level of responsibility to look after children in their care and should always be prepared with the knowledge and tools they need to save a child’s life if they can.
Our Childcare First Aid Kit has been specifically designed for children, and prepared for use by anyone looking after children so that they can come to a child’s rescue in a time of need.
So, what essentials do you need for a childcare first aid kit?
With the back to school season in full swing, make it a priority to prepare for the new school year with everything you’ll need to protect the children in your care with these must haves in a first aid kit for kids.
There's no rule that states a responsible adult can't put a plaster on a child's minor cut. This is another example of how "Health and Safety" has been misquoted. We recommend using Steroplast’s hypo-allergenic plasters as they have been approved safe for use on children, meaning you won’t risk allergic reactions from adhesive and latex found on generic fabric plasters. They also come in an assortment of shapes and sizes for all kinds of emergencies from cuts and scrapes to larger injuries.
2. Antiseptic cream
Curious children are always at risk to outdoor injuries and are susceptible to insect bites, stings and poisonous plants such as poison ivy and nettles. We understand prevention isn’t always possible, so ensure you have the means to treat and heal any stings, bites or rashes before infection occurs, we recommend Cetrimide Antiseptic Cream for this.
3. Baby wipes
Avoid messy hands, snotty noses and chocolate covered faces with a trusty pack of baby wipes in your kit for keeping yourself and little ones clean.
Our kit comes with sterile eye dressings - but it’s also a good idea to ensure you have an eye bath on hand for any eventuality which could compromise a child's sight. The University of Rochester University encyclopedia has more information on how you can prevent eye injuries in children.
5. Anti-sickness medications
Medication for treating sickness and nausea is a sensible addition for any first aid kit - keep this on hand for when you need to soothe a child's car-sickness or vomiting. Make sure you keep this out of direct reach of children and we always reccommend you seek professional medical advice before giving a child any form of medication that has not been prescribed.
A pair of tweezers will come to your rescue when you need to remove splinters and other small sharp objects they may come into contact with in the classroom, such as stationary.
7. Dressing & tape
Our kit supplies sterile dressing, pads and tape for larger wounds and injuries. A secure bandage will keep the injured area concealed and prevent infection.
8. Alcohol free cleansing wipes
Use these for regularly sterilizing your tweezers and other first-aid kit tools to prevent infection, these can also be used sparingly on skin to clean areas before applying bandages and plasters. 10 alcohol free cleansing wipes are supplied in our child-care first aid kit.
What should you do when a child in your care gets hurt?
When treating a child for an injury, it’s vital to remain calm and patient as it is often the shock of an injury that triggers the initial panic. It’s a good idea to look over the first aid manual to make sure you have a solid understanding of its components and how to use them on children - this will save time later down the line during an emergency, allowing you to maintain a calm and reassuring presence.
Make sure you can always get to an injured child within 60 seconds and have a suitably stocked first aid-kit within reach at all times. This may require having more than one, see our full range of first-aid kits.
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