Incredible Leadership Lesson: First Aid Kits

Today’s Incredible Leadership lesson may seem like a no-brainer but it’s often overlooked. Incredible leaders keep their teams safe at all times and one of the best ways to do that is by taking some preventative measures. I’m talking about building a First Aid kit. It’s the first item that gets strapped onto my utility belt. 

A First Aid Kit seems more essential now that Boy Wonder is walking running everywhere. While exploring the world around him, he is also discovering new ways to get hurt. Thankfully IncrediMom and I have added this weapon to our utility belts, I mean the diaper bag.

There’s an old saying about boys and their toys. It’s no different for IncrediDads either. Every dad loves new gear and gadgets. But you need to invest in the right gear or possibly find yourself up the creek without a paddle during an emergency. I used to be a Lifeguard and I have a focus on safety in my current career so I have had plenty of experience with the contents of a First Aid Kit but I bet there are a lot of IncrediDads out there who haven’t. I’m here to help. 

A Basic First Aid Kit May Contain:

  • Band-Aids in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  • sterile gauze dressings
  • safety pins
  • disposable sterile gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • wipes
  • medical tape
  • digital thermometer
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • Neosporin
  • painkillers like Tylonal or ibuprofen
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine
  • eye wash and eye bath

Pre-Made Kits

A great place to start is with a pre-made kit. Your insurance company might provide one at your request. If not, here is one you can check out. These kinds of things are great for basics but there are always a few items you can add that come in hand, especially for parents.

IncrediDads Add

I add a couple of things to our First Aid kit that are specific to babies.

  • Infant Tylonal
  • Medicine dropper/syringe
  • Decitin (for diaper rash)
  • Booger sucker (though Boy Wonder HATES it)
  • Gas Relief Drops

CPR Class

While we’re discussing safety, I’d like to encourage every IncrediDad out there to take a CPR class. Whether you think you’ll need it or not, it’s a great super power to have in your utility belt. You never know when your wife or little one might need some assistance. Thankfully, you’ll be trained, prepared, and know what to do.

Visit RedCross.org to find the  next CPR training class near you.

Well look at that IncrediDads, you get to order some new gear and learn an Incredible life-saving skill all in the name of being an IncrediDad. Sounds to me like you are quite the Incredible Leader.

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