When Jonah started to walk at 13 months, we realised we needed a first-aid kit to treat his minor bumps and scrapes. We didn’t want to buy a first-aid kit off the shelf, because we wanted more than just practical items like plasters, bandages, and dressings. We also wanted toddler-friendly and plant-based natural remedies that would ease common complaints and support Jonah’s body to heal itself.
Daddy and I aren’t very physical people, so we don’t get injured that often. And luckily, we don’t tend to get poorly much – apart from when Jonah brings the lurgies back from play group. Reflecting this, our own first-aid kit is pretty much some plasters, Lemsips, and paracetamol. I have to be suffering a fair deal before I take painkillers, and the Lemsips are for Daddy – I hate those things!
Here are the items I’m packing in my natural first-aid kit:
Aloe vera gel
We’ll be using this for burns and sunburn, small cuts and insect bites, mixed with some lavender oil. I chose SEVEN Minerals organic aloe vera gel as it has no xanthan gum or carrageenan, and no harmful preservatives. The travel size is perfect for my kit and costs under £10.
Apple cider vinegar
For upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. I always have a big bottle of this on hand for cooking and medicinal purposes. I use Biona organic apple cider vinegar with the mother. “With the mother” ACV is unrefined and contains beneficial bacteria – like a starter culture. Isn’t “with the mother” a lovely term?
A traditional herbal gel used to treat inflammatory swelling, bruising or trauma. We use A.Vogel Atrogel arnica gel. It can also be used for pain relief and to soothe aching muscles.
We’ve decided to keep a supply of mineral-rich bentonite clay for use with bites, stings, and rashes. It can also be used for burns. Read this article about all the uses for bentonite clay and how to make a bentonite clay poultice.
Bicarbonate of soda
For tummy troubles. 1/4 of a teaspoon in a large glass of water is a sufficient toddler dose.
Chamomile essential oil
This gorgeous and baby-friendly (3m+) oil is very soothing in a diffuser (makes a great alternative to scented candles) or in the bath if a toddler is upset or in pain. We use Naissance roman chamomile, which offers the right balance of price to quality.
For digestive problems
We enjoy chamomile tea and sip it for digestive problems. Jonah also loves to drink cooled chamomile tea, and we plan to give it if he ever shows signs of stomach discomfort. Luckily, so far, he’s never been poorly with stomach ache.
Chamomile tea can be used to help with teething. Soak a clean wash cloth in the tea and wipe over the gums. Alternatively the cloth can be chilled, then offered as a chew cloth. Or try placing a chamomile tea ice cube inside a Nuby mesh feeder for a soothing “lolly”.
For nappy rash
Chamomile tea can be used as a nappy rash preventing wash. Just brew some chamomile tea as usual then soak cotton wool in the tea and use to clean baby.
We love Lucy Bee extra virgin organic coconut oil. Some parents swear by coconut oil to treat nappy rash. We’ve used coconut oil on cradle cap to soften the flakes before brushing with a clean baby hair brush to lift the loose flakes (we don’t rub or pick the flakes).
Eucalyptus essential oil
We used to use Snuffle Babe vapour rub for Jonah, however we didn’t apply it to his skin because it has a white soft paraffin base, and we’ve chosen not to use petroleum-based products for various reasons. Now we diffuse eucalyptus essential oil when we’re suffering from a cold or congestion. Some people like to use peppermint, but this should be avoided with babies and toddlers as it’s not safe for under threes.
Try this snuffly toddler diffuser blend:
Homemade ice pack
Good old bag of peas wrapped in a tea towel.
Lavender essential oil
Nose Frida nasal aspirator
We use a Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator to suck those boogers out! It works a lot better than the cheaper ones.
We used Calpol in the past for Jonah’s immunisation jabs, but we wouldn’t use it again for pain and fever control. Calpol contains so many unhealthy ingredients. What’s a good alternative to Calpol? Children aged 6 months to 24 months should be given 5ml Calpol which equates to 120mg paracetamol. Most paracetamol tablets are 500mg, so a quarter of a tablet would make a good Calpol alternative. We’d crush it and add it to fruit juice to disguise the taste.
Read this comprehensive article on treating fevers in babies and children.
Witch hazel is a great addition to a natural first-aid kit. It is antibacterial and astringent and the cheaper bottles of witch hazel make a good alternative to the alcohol wipes supplied in first-aid kits. The cheaper brands contain varying proportions of ethanol and are less expensive than alcohol-free witch hazel. Ethanol will dry the skin out, so it might be a good idea to invest in a bottle of pure witch hazel if you intend to use it on your face.
Apply to a gauze pad and keep in place with a bandage or microporous tape.
Soak a clean cotton pad in witch hazel with lavender and use to clean the affected area.
Read more uses for witch hazel in this helpful article.
Weleda homeopathic granules
For teething and colic we bought Weleda Chamomilla. You can also try Pulsatilla – the remedies depend on the nature of your child. Find out the differences between Chamomilla and Pulsatilla for teething and learn which is right for your toddler. Chamomilla works really well for Jonah. Four of his first molars are coming in at the same time, so he frequently gets overwhelmed, but Chamomilla settles and calms him.
Weleda nappy creams
- Bandages, gauze, microporous tape, plasters, wound dressings, etc. St John Ambulance do a good range of basic supplies.
- Safe & Sound plastic eye bath
- Hand sanitiser (we use Bentley Mother and Baby hand sanitiser)
- Muslin cloth for various uses including poultices
Print this handy checklist to help you put together your natural first-aid and remedy kit.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful as a guide to help you create a natural first-aid and remedy kit for your toddler.
All parents and carers should consider taking a baby and toddler first-aid course. We did ours with St John Ambulance. It only took a few hours one evening, and we felt so much more confident after completing the course. Check out my Pinterest board Baby Health for more tips from across Pinterest.
What do you think to this first-aid and remedy kit? Is there anything I can add? Don’t forget to let me know how you get on making your own natural first aid and remedy kit in the comments! I’d really love to hear from you.