A nanny’s guide to creating a first aid kit

Accidents and illnesses are common issues when dealing with kids so it’s essential to have a first aid kit available when working as a nanny.  Having this to hand can make a big difference to a child’s safety, and ensures that you are well prepared to deal with a range of different situations.

So what should a well-equipped first-aid kit include? Let us help you create your own!

  1. Tools
  • A handy high-beam flashlight which you can use to check the ears, nose, eyes, or any areas where a child could get a splinter.
  • Tweezers to remove ticks and splinters
  • A thermometer (preferably a digital ear thermometer)
  • A nasal or bulb syringe to help unblock stuffy noses 
  • Rubbing alcohol, or wipes, for sterilizing tools such as thermometers
  • Gloves for keeping everything as sanitary as possible
  1. Bandages and Wipes
  • Cotton balls that are sterilized to wash cuts and bruises
  • Cotton swabs only for cleaning the outer area of the nose and ears. Do not use cotton swabs on the insides of the nose and ears as this can pose a danger.
  • Gauze rolls and gauze pads to dress wounds
  • Medical tape to hold the gauze
  • Adhesive bandages 
  • Elastic bandages
  1. Medicine 
  • Pain relievers. Preferably non-aspirin. A child’s strength ibuprofen is preferred and can only be used in the amount recommended by the doctor or manufacturer.
  • Rehydration fluids in case of dehydration
  • Antihistamine such as Benadryl 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning cuts and scratches
  • Antibacterial cream to apply to the cut or scratch after cleaning
  • Creams  to soothe insect bites or rashes (calamine lotion)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant that is safe for kids 

Keep the following supplies in a container that is easy to transport and take along on outings. Remember to keep it away from children as some of these can be harmful if mishandled, inhaled, or swallowed.

A nanny’s guide to creating a first aid kit

As a nanny, it is your responsibility to keep the children in your care safe, and being able to administer basic first aid is essential. Prepare your first-aid kit in advance so that you can be ready to deal with common childhood ailments, and assist in emergency situations too.

You should also bear in mind that you must have a paediatric first aid certificate as this is a requirement for most vacancies.

If you don’t have it or it is out of date you can get it with our Paediatric First Aid course designed exclusively for nannies.

Here you will find more information: PFA

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International Nanny Institute Course: Paediatric First Aid

When working with children, having first aid knowledge can help you react well in an emergency, and this can make all the difference. Having a first aid qualification is a highly desirable or essential requirement when parents are recruiting a nanny, as it shows your commitment and dedication to their child’s safety and wellbeing. Besides, it offers you and the family peace of mind. 

What is First Aid?

First Aid is the immediate care and assistance that is provided to a person that has suffered a minor or serious illness or injury.

Instructor teaching First Aid.


People decide to get trained in First Aid in order to be prepared for any accident or emergency situation. Paediatric First Aid training courses are focused on child and infant primary and secondary care, and are usually required in domestic care roles.

Paediatric First Aid

A paediatric first aid course covers various types of serious injuries, how to assess them and the appropriate protocol to follow before medical attention arrives, if needed. Where there is no need for medical attention, a first aid qualification offers you the steps to deal with minor injuries safely.

The International Nanny Institute First Aid Course follows the standard and general first aid curriculum and covers: 

  • Understanding emergencies
  • Primary Care
  • Secondary Care
  • Emergency preparedness

After taking the course, you will have a firm understanding of First Aid procedures, with special focus on babies and children. 

CPR and First Aid

The course touches on CPR skills and how to use them in life-threatening situations. The International Nanny Institute Paediatric First Aid Course does not provide formal CPR certification as additional in-depth and in-person training is imperative. Nonetheless, learning CPR procedures and understanding how CPR works, are valuable tools that can help assist with emergencies until professional medical assistance arrives.

The International Nanny Institute Paediatric First Aid Course follows the generic curriculum and for those working with children and babies, this can either be your first certificate in First Aid, or it can serve as a renewal course to keep the information fresh in your mind to be prepared for any emergency. Please note that the First Aid Certificate should be renewed periodically.

Visit our institute and check out our Paediatric First Aid Course!

Paediatric First Aid Course at International Nanny Institute

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