What should be in a paediatric first aid kit?

Vital contents of a paediatric first aid kit

In the world of childcare and paediatric health, the importance of first aid cannot be overstated. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or healthcare professional, having a well-equipped paediatric first aid kit is crucial. In this blog, Rose explores the essential components of a paediatric first aid kit, backed by relevant statistics, definitions, and legislative frameworks. She aims not just to inform but also to ensure that your preparedness translates into safety and well-being for the children under your care.

Importance of a paediatric first aid kit

Every year, approximately one million children in the UK find themselves in emergency departments due to accidents at home or in school settings. These situations can range from minor injuries to life-threatening emergencies. The first few minutes after an accident are critical in determining the outcomes for a child. A well-stocked paediatric first aid kit can make the difference between a swift recovery and long-term consequences.

Key definitions

  • Paediatric first aid kit - A collection of medical supplies and equipment specifically designed to administer first aid to infants and children.
  • First aid - The initial assistance or treatment given to a casualty for any injury or sudden illness before the arrival of qualified medical assistance.

Relevant legislation and regulations

In the UK, the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. The guidance extends to environments where children are present, notably in educational settings and childcare provisions under the purview of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Furthermore, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlights the necessity of having appropriate first aid training and resources when caring for children. This includes having a paediatric first aid kit readily accessible and maintained.

Essential contents of a paediatric first aid kit

  • Adhesive bandages and dressings - Various sizes, suitable for covering small cuts, blisters, and wounds.
  • Sterile gauze pads and rolls - For dressing larger wounds and providing support for sprains and strains.
  • Antiseptic wipes and creams - To clean wounds and prevent infection.
  • Burn gel and dressings - Specific to paediatric use, these should be suitable for treating minor burns.
  • Saline solution - For cleaning wounds or washing out dirt or foreign bodies from the eyes.
  • Thermometer - Preferably digital, for checking body temperature.
  • Child-safe scissors and tweezers - For cutting bandages or removing small foreign objects.
  • Ice packs - Disposable or reusable, essential for bumps, bruises, or swelling.
  • Nitrile gloves - To prevent contamination and protect the first aider.
  • Resuscitation face shield or mask - With a one-way valve, for safe administration of CPR.

Best practices for using and maintaining your kit

  • Regularly check and replace expired or used items.
  • Tailor the kit's contents to the specific age group of children under your care.
  • Ensure everyone responsible for child care is familiar with the kit's components and their uses.

Recommendations for training and awareness

Alongside a well-equipped first aid kit, proper training in paediatric first aid is indispensable. It is recommended that all childcare providers undertake a paediatric first aid course, which is regularly updated to keep pace with best practices and new guidelines.


A paediatric first aid kit is a critical resource in any environment where children are present. By ensuring that your kit is comprehensive, up-to-date, and tailored to the needs of children, you can significantly improve their safety and your effectiveness in handling emergencies.

Click here to explore our paediatric first aid courses and find more resources to enhance your preparedness. Your dedication to safety can transform outcomes for the children in your care equip, educate, and empower yourself today.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek professional medical assistance in emergency situations.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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