January 20, 2017

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What Do I Need In a Family First Aid Kit?

It's always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your home just in case somebody has an accident. You could start out with a pre-packed kit and then add to it as necessary.

Things You Need In Your Family First Aid Kit

  • Baby Thermometer. An accurate thermometer is an essential first-aid tool for parents. 
  • Pain Relief. You will need some children's and babies' liquid pain reliever with paracetamol or ibuprofen. You will need a measuring spoon or no-needle dosing syringe. Always follow the dosage instructions on the label.
  • Other Medicines. Have something for upset stomach, allergies or anything else family members are prone to suffering from. Creams. Get some calamine lotion for sunburn and rashes. Antiseptic cream can be applied to cuts, grazes or minor burns after cleaning to help prevent infection. Antihistamine cream can be help soothe insect bites and stings.
  • Tweezers. These can be used to remove splinters and thorns. Don't try to remove larger objects. You should let a healthcare professional do that.
  • Saline solution and an eye bath. This is useful for washing specks of dirt out of sore eyes. It can also help with redness caused by allergies.
  • Antiseptic wipes. These are a handy way to clean cuts and grazes. To clean a wound, gently work away from the centre to remove dirt and germs.
  • Bandages and plasters. You should get an assortment of bandages, including a triangular bandage, plus a 2.5cm and 5cm strip for holding dressings and compresses in place, and a finger bandage. Get some sticky plasters in various sizes and shapes. Also include adhesive tape and a sterile gauze.
  • A pair of sharp scissors. These are for cutting plasters and tape to size. You can also use them to remove pieces of clothing from around a wound.
  • Disposable sterile gloves. A couple of pairs of these are necessary to prevent germs and infections from spreading. It is a good idea to get non-latex gloves.just in case anyone has an allergy to latex.
  • Ice or gel packs. These should be kept in the fridge. They can be used on burns or swellings.

Get a Book on First Aid

DK publish a First Aid Manual which is endorsed by St John Ambulance, St Andrew's First Aid and the British Red Cross. It covers all aspects of first aid, from emergency first aid and first aid for babies and children, to the latest guidelines on resuscitation, helping a drowning casualty, and snake bites. It's a very informative reference book with plenty of helpful colour photos.

Remember to Update Your Kit

Make sure supplies are updated when necessary. Medical supplies have expiration dates so be sure that things get replaced when they need to be. Updating your first aid kit should be a regular thing that you do at a certain time each year.

Emergency Contact Details

It makes sense to have important contact information ready and available near your first aid kit. You'll need the numbers for your family doctor, your local hospital. It's also a good idea to have a number for a friend or neighbour who can look after your children or take you to hospital in an emergency.
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