Toddlers are called toddlers for one very good reason, they have become mobile and well, they toddle. Balance and coordination are not yet strongly developed, but an abundance of curiosity and excitement are, which can lead to many bumps, bruises, scrapes, falls, and tumbles. Since this age requires a fully stocked first aid kit, here is a list of essentials to make sure you have on hand.
When a cut or scrape shows up, you should first wash it, then once it is dry, apply an anti-biotic ointment to the injury to assist in healing. These ointments not only assist in healing, they also help create a barrier between the cut and other surfaces.
You will probably need a healthy supply of adhesive bandages. Aside from the standard flesh colored ones, you can get bandages with your child’s favorite character on them, which may make the bandage more of a fashion statement or badge of honor than something he wants to take off. Keeping cuts and scrapes covered is important for allowing them to heal because it prevents the cut from being infected from outside elements it may otherwise come into contact with, especially in a toddler who specializes in dirty.
A fall on a deck or playing with sticks can lead to splinters. In the summer, bees can be attracted to the same sweet foods your child is, which can be especially problematic if your child is covered in that food. Having a pair of tweezers handy can help quickly expel a stinger to reduce the pain or pluck a splinter out of a finger to prevent infection.
While your child may not be showing any allergies now, they can crop up at any time. Whether it is coming in contact with a new food, being stung by a bee for the first time, or developing an outrageous case of hay fever, having some children’s Benadryl on hand can help reduce a reaction. Check with your pediatrician for the correct dosage for your child.