Every home attempts to have one, some even carry one in their car. First aid kits really are something we should pay much more attention to than we actually do.
How many times do we have an injury at home and go to our kit, just to realise we have everything except the thing we are looking for?
So i thought it best just to go through some things we think are important to keep around the home.
All first aid kits should have the following
DRESSINGS & BANDAGES
- Dressing Bandages (get a variety of shapes and sizes, waterproof dressings are invaluable especially on the hands)
- Crepe and Compression Bandages (these are great for sprains, head cuts etc)
- Triangular Bandages (Great for arm fractures)
- Eye Patch
- Cotton balls
- Gauze swabs
- Alcohol swabs
- A Burns dressing (your local chemist will sell some of these, to just cool the burn down until you seek urgent medical help)
- Disposable Gloves
- Tweezers (get a good pair, they save the day when you have a splinter)
- Safety Pins (Great for use with triangular bandages)
- Thermometer (doesnt have to be fancy, just make sure it works).
- Normal Saline (great for washing out wounds or irrigating eyes)
- Paracetamol (eg Panadol-depending on the household, should have different preparations for different ages)
- Ibuprofen (eg nurofen)
- An antihistamine of some sort (eg telfast, claratyne, zyrtec, aerius etc) – this is great for bites, allergic reactions etc
- An Antiseptic (eg detol, betadine) for cuts and grazes
However the one thing more important than having a good first aid kit, is actually making sure it’s up to date. Ensure that you check it a few times a year, maybe at the start of every school holidays.
Ensure medications are in date and never forget to keep it out of the reach of children.
The advice provided on healthykid.com.au is of a general nature and in no way should replace your therapeutic relationship with your doctor