A really practical and well thought-out first-aid kit – indispensable for the (first) holiday with a baby or with small children in general. Because when the baby is teething, a cold is fully approaching or wasp stings, climbing or (walking) accidents and the like threaten to spoil the holiday, the search for the nearest pharmacy is often an extra stress factor that you really don't need – especially not abroad.
In order to prevent exactly that, we have collected our accumulated knowledge of mothers and midwives and put together the products that should not be missing in any first-aid kit. From first aid to standard cold remedies, you'll find a complete list of all our favorite products here, so you don't have to worry about anything - apart from going to the pharmacy.
The first-aid kit: Everything for emergencies, but not too much
Of course, the perfect holiday is one in which the first-aid kit remains completely untouched. All tips are therefore actually to be regarded as emergency products, because in most cases they are not even used. Of course, more of everything would always work, but carrying too many emergency items through world history really doesn't have to be the case, so we've kept the list as short and concise as possible. Here are the products that we cannot do without in our personal first-aid kit:
In case of injuries
- (Children's) plasters in different sizes, for example hydrogel plasters from Hansaplast
- Arnica wipes, for example from Wala: have a cooling, decongestant and acute pain-relieving effect and are perfect as first aid for sprains, bruises and the like.
- A good wound and healing cream, for example from Wala Calcea or Weleda
- Comfrey ointment from the train station pharmacy: Also suitable for everything from sore buttocks and abrasions to wound healing care
- Sterile compresses for first aid
- Skin disinfectant spray, for example Octenisept, it doesn't sting
- Saline solution in ampoules: For rinsing out wounds, or eyes and nose
- A small cold pack or even better: an instant cold compress
- splinter tweezers
For burns and insect bites
- A cooling and regenerating ointment, for example the Combudoron Gel from Weleda: Helps with insect bites, but also burns or sunburn
- Mosquito patches or Fenistil gel for mosquito bites for children prone to allergies
- tick tongs
For colds and fever
- Suppositories for fever or pain of all kinds, for example Viburcol
- Ibuprofen suppositories or juice for babies/children, for example Nurofen
- Angelica balm from the train station pharmacy to open the airways
- Anise butter for sore noses
- Myrtle Thyme Balm from the train station pharmacy for rubbing in when you have a cold
- Saline solution as nasal drops, for example NaCl 0.9%, or a nasal spray made from sea salt for babies and small children
- clinical thermometer
For diarrhea & vomiting
- Electrolyte solution in individual sachets, for example Oral-Pädon
- Charcoal supplement for diarrhea
- Probiotics for children, for example omni-biotic panda in individual sachets or Mama & Baby Flor from Into Life
- Test strips for urinary tract infections, for example Combur Test HC
For the eyes
- Euphrasia eye drops, for example from Wala: For any problem, from conjunctivitis to sore eyes due to drafts, air conditioning, or, or
For the ears
- Ear drops for middle ear infections or colds, for example from Otovowen
For teething :
- Teething beads, for example Osanit, or your trusted teething aid
- Tooth oil from the train station pharmacy or Osa tooth gel
- Fever and teething suppositories, for example from Weleda - if you don't already have other suppositories with you, because classic ibuprofen suppositories are also sufficient
And what should of course always be there:
- Sunscreen for children over one year, but also for babies (in an emergency, direct sunlight should of course be avoided in the first year of life!)
- mosquito repellent
- Glucose, especially when going to countries with hot temperatures
- Small bottle of sterilium for hand disinfection
- Disinfectant wipes or spray used to disinfect surfaces in public places
Great to have - luggage permitting!
- Recover Spray : For mums after flights, long car rides; but also insect bites and wounds
- Grape Seed Pillow : Can be used warm for stomach or growing pains, or cold for bug bites or bumps
- Cough pads to free and soothe the respiratory tract, especially for small children, e.g. from dm
- Sitz bath by Ingeborg Stadelmann for sore buttocks
The all-round carefree package:
Much of this and some other, quite specific things for accidents can also be found in Dr. Till's emergency bag, a first aid bag already packed. A really nice project, the proceeds of which go to research for premature babies and make packing your own first-aid kit a lot easier, since (almost) everything has been thought of, even splinter and tick tweezers are included. We would supplement the emergency bag with additional sterile compresses and an extra plaster pack in different sizes. Also Octenisept for disinfecting without burning and the Arnica wipes from Wala, which we simply love for everything, as well as a classic wound and healing cream are definitely part of it. We still have a few of the bags in the shop, but otherwise there is more information about the really practical heart project here.
Homeopathic remedies such as arnica, belladonna, apis or aconite in globule form can also be very effective for complaints and are therefore part of our personal first-aid kit. However, since the administration of homeopathic remedies is very individual, it is best to consult your midwife or doctor if you decide to do so.
Is it worth researching and saving emergency numbers on your first day in a new country so that you have them to hand in case of an emergency? This also applies to the nearest pharmacies or hospitals - even if you are only in another city. The vaccination card, any allergy cards and if you want to be on the safe side, even the U booklet should always be with you - with children it is no longer possible to travel with quite as light luggage as without. But with even more joy and the privilege of seeing the world through children's eyes again. With this in mind: Happy Holidays!