How to Make a Child ID Kit For Your Baby

There are so many things that can happen to children as they grow through the years. It can be a scary process raising children in a world that has all of these potential dangers. One thing that a parent can do to make sure that their child is easily found if anything were to happen to them would be to create a child identification kit. A child identification kit serves to help authorities should your child go missing.

Things to include in a child ID kit

  1. A current photo. The photo of the child should not be a glamour shot or anything other than a plain depiction of your child. The child’s face should be shown and the file should be digital. Updating the file every 6 months with a current photo is essential to making sure that the kit can be helpful in the event of an emergency.
  2. An accurate description of your child. The description should include:
    • Name
    • Nicknames
    • Date of birth
    • Sex
    • Height
    • Eye Color
    • Weight
    • Body modifications
    • Glasses and braces
  3. Dental Records. The dental records included in the child identification kit should include x-rays, bite impressions and any charting that has been done on your child. This should be updated every time your child has additional dental work or charting.
  4. Fingerprints. A sheet with finger prints is important to include in the identification kit. These fingerprints should be professionally collected so that they are clear and accurate. Taking fingerprints at home with a home kit could result in blurred or unreadable fingerprints. Professional fingerprints can be obtained from local law enforcement.
  5. DNA sample. A DNA sample is the important piece as it is considered the ultimate standard in the identification of a missing person. A DNA sample can be collected through hair that still has the follicle or through a cheek swab. A cheek swab should be obtained through a professional take home kit to ensure integrity of the sample.
  6. Medical Records. Any of the medical records that have x-rays or other potential identifying information.
  7. A list of friends, relatives, care providers and associates who know your child and their schedule. It is best to have all of this information ready to go as soon as it is needed. This is why having names and addresses on file prior to an incident can help save valuable investigation time.

These 7 items are essential to creating a child identification kit that can easily assist authorities in identifying a missing child. The kit should be kept on file and updated regularly. There is nothing worse than trying to identify a child based on a 4 year old photo or identification kit. Keep each kit labeled and easily accessible if you have more than one child. Reaching all of the vital information as quickly as possible could be the key between quick recovery or not.