First-aid kit for babies and children: What you definitely have to take with you?

Get ready for your holiday with the practical checklist that you can print out.

It is every parent's nightmare: an ailing child on vacation and the right medication is difficult to get or simply not at hand. For trips, but also for longer trips with babies and small children, you should always have a first-aid kit with you so that you have the most important utensils at hand.

First aid kit: always supplied on vacation

By the way: A "pocket pharmacy " can be stowed away quickly and takes up little space - with our checklist you won't forget anything at home and don't need to pack anything that is superfluous.

A few weeks before your vacation trip with your child, you should do another check at the pediatrician. Inquire about necessary vaccinations or other things to consider.

In general, paediatricians generally advise against taking children under five on vacation in the tropics - the risk of infection is simply very high and the change in climate is very stressful for children. More moderate climates are ideal, in which it is neither consistently 45 degrees in the shade nor freezing cold and sub-zero temperatures.

The first-aid kit doesn't like it warm at all

Anything that cannot tolerate heat, e.g. B. Please cool fever suppositories (melt from 30 degrees) well. You can generally pack the first-aid kit under the car seat because it is coolest there (but not when you park in the blazing sun). Many cars now also have a refrigerated compartment. If you are traveling by plane, take the first-aid kit in your hand luggage. On the one hand, you also need one or the other means during the trip and if the luggage is lost, you have everything to hand.

Any medication that is specific to a family member, e.g. B. Label antiallergic drugs or emergency drugs by name.

Checklist for the first-aid kit, which must include:

The classics, which can be found in every medicine cabinet, also belong in the first-aid kit, after all, you cannot always choose when a child will scratch their knee or when they will get a fever. Here you will find an overview of the first-aid kit to print out (click on the picture):

Medical thermometers, adhesive plasters, bandages, safety pins, tweezers and scissors as well as disinfectants and wound healing ointment.

Fever suppositories or feverish juice. Since fever suppositories are sensitive to heat and melt quickly, fiber juice is often more suitable. Painkillers suitable for children such as paracetamol or ibuprofen in age-appropriate doses.

If your child is prone to earache, take earache medication with them.

Medicines for colds, coughs, sore throats and runny nose (e.B. The whole family can use nasal spray, cough syrup). Decongestant nasal drops are available especially for babies and toddlers.

As well as preparations against travel sickness (e.g.B. Chewing gum, if the child is old enough) and in general against nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Electrolyte powder is recommended for babies and toddlers, as children dehydrate very quickly with diarrhea and vomiting. Flatulence is really very uncomfortable and can occur from time to time, so you should also pack something suitable for it.

Protection against sunburn and insect bites

Insect repellants and ointments against insect bites and tick bites (possibly. Cooling gel, but do not apply over a large area). In addition, a tick card or tweezers.

You can find more information about ticks on

Sufficient sun protection for baby skin (min. SPF 30, better 50). When packing, don't forget: a sun hat and light, long-sleeved tops for swimming.

Further information on traveling with children can be found at

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