Importance of Daycare First Aid Kits
Many parents can be hesitant about dropping their kids off at a daycare or having someone else care for their children. So many things can happen even everyday things like falling on a playground. A daycare is responsible for the safety of all the children and creating a safe, secure environment should be the top priority. Kids love to play, and with a proper first aid kit on hand, you can worry less.
Daycare first aid kits are essential to have for both safety and peace of mind. Anything can happen and it’s best to be prepared for any small or big incident. It’s essential to recognize that first aid kits are not meant to replace the use of professional emergency medical services. First aid kits should be used to treat minor medical incidents, and properly training employees on the uses of all the equipment in the first aid kit can have a huge impact on the usefulness of the kit.
How many First Aid Kits does a Daycare need?
First aid kits should be well stocked and easy to get to. A childcare center/ daycare should have a fully well-stocked first aid kit in every classroom and additional kits in places such as the kitchen or main office. Your kits should also be restocked and checked up at least every three months.
What should be in a Daycare First Aid kit?
A well-stocked daycare first aid kit should include information and potentially life-saving materials. It’s important to keep a list of medications so that anyone can be aware of any medical needs and provide the most accurate treatment.
- Current standard first aid chart or first aid guide
- Telephone numbers of the poison control center, paramedics, and other emergency numbers
- Cold Packs
- Vinyl Gloves
- Digital Thermometer
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Adhesive Tape 1/2 x 2.5 yd
- Antibiotic Ointment
- 1 Gauze Roll 2 Inch
- 1 Gauze Roll 3 Inch
- Gauze Pads 2x2
- Junior Bandages
- Spot Bandages
- Fabric Bandage Strips
- Butterfly Closures
- Fingertip Bandages
- Patch Bandages
- Knuckle Bandages
- For each child Name
- birth date, allergies or medical alerts, emergency phone numbers for parents, doctor, list of current medications
Portable First Aid Kit
Another important factor is making sure that a First Aid Kit is easily accessible anywhere you are. Safety is a priority and being away from home doesn’t mean you need to compromise on your safety needs.
In an easy-to-access portable daycare kit
for on-the-go, you should include supplies such as the following:
- 3 Antibiotic Ointment
- 3 Antiseptic Wipes
- 10 Fabric Bandage Strips
- 2 Gauze Pads 3x3
- 1 Medilyte Electrolyte Packet
- 2 Non-Adhering pads
- 2 Hand Sanitizer Packets
- 1 Gauze Roll 2 Inch
- 1 Pair of Vinyl Gloves
First Aid Training and CPR
It’s essential to remember that a first aid kit should be used in conjunction with first aid training and CPR training. Being trained on how to use all the tools in a first aid kit will be most beneficial. A well-stocked kit is only as good as those trained to use it
. A child's life, in your care, might depend on you knowing what to do in case of an emergency. Some states require that the director and at least half of the providers in a child care center are certified as well.
Class A Required Minimum Fill
||Adhesive Bandage 1 x 3 in. (2.5 X 7.5 cm)
||Eye/Skin Wash 1 fl oz (29.6 ml total
||Adhesive Tape 2.5 yd (2.3 m), total
||First Aid Guide
||Antibiotic Application 1/57 oz (0.5 g)
||Foil Blanket 52 x 84 in (132 x 213 cm
||Antiseptic 1/57 oz (0.5 g)
||Hand Sanitizer 1/32 oz (0.9 g)
||Burn Dressing (gel soaked) 4 x 4 in. (10 x 10 cm)
||Medical Exam Gloves
||Burn Treatment 1/32 oz (0.9 g)
||Roller Bandage 2 in. x 4 yd (5 cm x 3.66 m)
||Cold Pack 4 x 5 in. (10 x 12.5 cm)
||CPR Breathing Barrier
||Sterile pad 3 x 3 in. (7.5 x 7.5 cm)
||Eye Covering w/means of attachment 2.9 sq. in. (19 sq cm)
||Trauma pad 5 x 9 in. (12.7 x 22.9 cm)
||Triangular Bandage 40 x 40 x 56 in. (101 x 101 x 142 cm)
Let MFASCO Help Your Daycare Be Prepared
At MFASCO Health & Safety, we offer a variety of daycare first aid kits
that will help you be prepared for anything. We have everything from small portable kits to larger wall-mounted units. We also have a variety of refill options so you can always keep your kit stocked and ready to go. Browse our selection and find the perfect daycare first aid kit for your school's needs!