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Our video shows the essential first-aid supplies to include in a travel emergency kit for your family.
Hi, I'm Dr. Dana, and today I'm going to help you put together an emergency travel kit for your child.
I came up an idea for an emergency travel kit after spending the weekend camping with friends. Several people came to us in the middle of the night looking for fever reducer or allergy medicine for their children. They didn't have anything and the kits that they had only had medications for adults.
1. Antibiotic ointment
Antibiotic ointment is an essential addition to every emergency travel kit. For minor scrapes and abrasions, you'll want to rinse the abrasion with clean water, pat it dry, and then apply a small amount of ointment. The ointment does have several ingredients, so you'll want to make sure that your children are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the ointment.
Bandages are a key addition to your emergency travel kit. I only pack a few and I make sure I have a variety of sizes for every scrape or abrasion that you might come across.
3. Cleaning wipes
I always like to include wipes. You can wipe down your surfaces to make your environment a little healthier and cleaner. And in case you have a child with an allergy to any food, you can wipe down airplane tray tables and arm rests to make your environment safer as well.
4. Hydrocortisone 1%
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone is a nice addition for minor itchy rashes,
including very mild eczema. You may want to consult your doctor before using any of these ointments.
Liquid allergy medicine, also known as diphenhydramine, may be one of the most important things you add to your kit. Allergy medicine is used for allergic reactions, which can present as hives or a rash. For severe allergic reactions, your child may have difficulty breathing, and in that situation you'll want to call 911 immediately.
6. Children's acetaminophen
Acetaminophen is a children's fever reducer and should be part of your kit. It's always my first choice, go-to medication for fever for infants and young children.
7. Children's ibuprofen
The second option to include is liquid children's ibuprofen. This is a great choice for
fever and pain relief in children over the age of 6 months. Dosage for all of these liquid medications is based on your child's weight. Please talk to your doctor
to get the correct dosage for your child.
8. Saline nasal spray
I love to include salt water spray in my family's travel kit. It is a great treatment, it's natural, and you can use it to treat runny noses and nasal congestion. You just put a few drops in each nostril and have your child drink something and it will decrease that congestion.
9. Rubber gloves
Finally I always like to include a set of rubber gloves. It protects me and the people I'm taking care of.
All of these items can be placed in a clear plastic bag. That way you can put it through security on an airplane. And you'll also know what you have inside so it's well stocked for your next family vacation.
Our goal is to keep your family healthy and safe. Happy travels.