It is very important to have a first aid box at home. If you are traveling or heading outdoor carry a first aid box with you.
It will help when kids go through any small accidents or fall.
First aid kit should be kept in a cool and dry place and should be out of reach for children.
Always have a first aid kit that is fully stocked with emergency items.
Checklist for First aid kit is below:
- Sticking plasters – A box of assorted; sizes or a strip that can be cut to the correct size. Kids love various designs plasters available in many stores and pharmacies. Fabric bandages are good.
- Crepe bandages for bandaging wounds in awkward places such as elbows and to bind sprains
- Sterile dressings in various sizes
- Sterile cotton wool for cleaning cuts and grazes
- Antiseptic wipes and cream for cuts and grazes
- Blunt ended scissors for cutting bandages and dressings to size
- Pain killers – keep mild pain killer that are suitable for children and adults (acetaminophen, paracetamol, ibuprofen)
- Tweezers for removing insect stings and splinters
- Antihistamine cream for treating insect bites and stings
- Triangular bandage to make a sling
- Safety pins to hold bandages or a sling in place
- Sticky tape
- Cough medicine
- Skin rash cream – hydrocortisone or calendula
- An eye wash and two sterile eye dressings
- Distilled water for cleaning wounds
- Hand sanitizer
- Aloe vera gel
- Antacid tablets
- Loperamide tablets (for diarrhea)
- Glucose and electoral powder
- Antifungal foot powder
- Magnifying glass
- Small mirror
- CPR mask
- Ear buds
- Medical waste bag
- Head lamp/flash light
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Antiseptic soap
- Calamine lotion
- Saline wound wash
- Skin prep wipes
- Asthma inhaler
- If your kid is diabetic, then keep extra insulin pump infusion sets, batteries, pen needles, lancets and backup strips etc. NOT insulin as it needs refrigerator.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers inside the box.
Care of First aid kit:
- If you have a first aid kit, once a while go through the items inside and check expiry date.
- Do not keep opened medicine inside the kit
- Do not expose the kit to high temperature
- Keep it out of reach from children and pets
- If you are storing medicines inside the kit, keep a note of which medicine for what
- Go through your first aid medicine kit once in two months and replace the items if necessary
- Have a water proof first aid kit
With young children and teens, you can always expect small wounds that happens because of accidents and falls. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit helps and comes handy. It helps in initial care of any wounds, burns or minor scratches etc. before seeing a doctor. Don’t forget to carry a medicine kit with you when you are going on a road trip with your family.