Two things that every good children’s ministry leader knows the location of at all times– coffee and a first aid kit. First aid kits are extremely important to have on your campus, for all of the unexpected accidents that may will occur. I like to have several smaller first aid kits and a larger kit available at all times. You can find smaller first aid kits at almost any store that sells pharmacy supplies. Here are a few good ones:

For the larger first aid kit, I prefer building one myself because it is less expensive, and some of the larger ones you can buy contain many items that you will likely never use. If you are going to build one yourself, I have found that a tackle box labeled “First Aid Kit,” with a marker or sticker, has worked well for us. Here are a few tackle boxes that I recommend using, for quick and easy access:

Here is a list of first aid kit supplies that you will want to stock your first aid kit with, recommended by Mayo Clinic. This list is for a home first aid kit, but you can adapt it as necessary.

Basic supplies

  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution or towelettes
  • Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban, others) and bandage strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in assorted sizes
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pair
  • Duct tape
  • Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • First-aid manual
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Soap or instant hand sanitizer
  • Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
  • Thermometer
  • Triangular bandage
  • Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds

Medications

  • Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by your poison control center)
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Over-the-counter oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others)
  • Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
  • Personal medications that don’t need refrigeration
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

Emergency items

  • Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional poison control center
  • Medical consent forms for each family member
  • Medical history forms for each family member
  • Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency space blanket
  • First-aid instruction manual

You will want to make sure your volunteers are aware of the locations of first aid kits on your campus. Check your kits regularly to be certain you still have everything stocked up. You should also develop a policy about medications and how you plan to/not to administer them to children who attend your functions.

Also, it is a good idea for you and/or someone on your team to be trained in first aid. You can find a first aid class to attend in your area on the Red Cross website.

What first aid/medical practices and policies have you implemented at your church? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, thanks for the great post, I am wondering how to build one in a country where laws are very strictly and you can only do a first aid stuff if you are medical attendant? However, it has worked for me at the orphanage home but not basically in the children’s ministry at church, Please advise…

  2. We purchased a ready made kit – the Johnson & Johnson one is really available near us and it’s worked well. I’m just curious if you have to dispose of many or most of those items in your homemade kit often because they have expired?
    I have created a little restock form for each first aid kid that has all the items in the kit listed. When an item is used up the form is to be filled and put in my office so I can order more of whatever we’re out of! Good post!

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