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Safety & Prevention

You should prepare a first-aid kit for your home as well as one for each of your cars. The kit should contain:

  • Acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Prescription medications (a month’s supply)
  • Sterile adhesive bandages (in various sizes)
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape (hypoallergenic)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Soap or another cleansing agent
  • Petroleum jelly or another lubricant
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Thermometer


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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.