Nebraska Regional Poison Center

National Poison Emergency Hotline

This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

First Aid Kit

Treating accidental injuries are part of parenting. Sooner or later all children will require some form of first-aid treatment. The best way to deal with the lumps and bumps sustained by curious and sometimes not so careful children is to have the first-aid supplies needed to care for minor illnesses and injuries.

Your family first-aid supplies should be readily accessible. They can be kept in a special first-aid kit or stored somewhere else in the home. The kit should include the following:

  • Small pair of scissors (for cutting bandages off and on)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Non-stick bandages
  • Band-Aid's in a variety of sizes
  • Antiseptic solution (Hydrogen peroxide works well)
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Butterfly dressings
  • Triangular bandage and safety pins (for making slings)
  • Ice pack (chemical ice packs are for one time use only so it is a good idea to have a reusable ice pack also)
  • Heating pad
  • Elastic or ACE bandage
  • Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
  • Thermometer oral and rectal (if you have small children) and lubricant for rectal temperature taking
  • Tylenol (be sure to check the concentration since infant, child and adult preparations vary)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Measuring spoon, dropper or calibrated medicine cup to accurately dispense medication
  • Benadryl (syrup or capsules) for allergic reactions
  • Calamine lotion for poison ivy and bug bites
  • 1% Hydrocortisone Cream for itching and rashes
  • Disposable gloves

In addition to the above medical supplies you need to have the following information readily available, especially when you're not caring for your children:

  • Health insurance information
  • A signed letter authorizing medical treatment for your children in your absence
  • Physician's name, phone number and address
  • Poison Control number in your region

Remember to inventory your first aid kit every few months. Medications and supplies that have expired will need to be replaced. Keep your first aid kit out of reach of curious children.

Courtesy Health AtoZ