In Case of Emergency: First Aid for Toddlers

The first rule of first aid is "Be prepared."

The toddler years could be called the first-aid years. Your baby's rapidly increasing mobility will give her many more chances to injure herself. So while you may have needed little more in the way of a first-aid kit than a thermometer, a medicine dropper, a bottle of acetaminophen drops, and syrup of ipecac during your baby's first year, now's the time to stock up on adhesive bandages, cotton balls, tweezers, and calamine lotion. After all, it's better to have these supplies long before you need them than not have them when your child has an accident or medical emergency.

If you have not yet done so, you'll need to put together a complete first-aid kit. Although you may not need all of these items, you will certainly need most of them as your child begins scooting around the house, looking for new and dangerous places to go and things to explore.

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