First aid kit

First aid kit checklist

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Crepe bandages for bandaging wounds in awkward places such as elbows and to bind sprains
  3. Sterile dressings in various sizes
  4. Sterile cotton wool for cleaning cuts and grazes
  5. Antiseptic wipes and cream for cuts and grazes
  6. Blunt ended scissors for cutting bandages and dressings to size
  7. Pain killers – keep mild pain killer that are suitable for children and adults (acetaminophen, paracetamol, ibuprofen)
  8. Tweezers for removing insect stings and splinters
  9. Antihistamine cream for treating insect bites and stings
  10. Triangular bandage to make a sling
  11. Safety pins to hold bandages or a sling in place
  12. Sticky tape
  13. Cough medicine
  14. Skin rash cream – hydrocortisone or calendula
  15. An eye wash and two sterile eye dressings
  16. Distilled water for cleaning wounds
  17. Hand sanitizer
  18. Aloe vera gel
  19. Antacid tablets
  20. Loperamide tablets (for diarrhea)
  21. Glucose and electoral powder
  22. Antifungal foot powder
  23. Thermometer
  24. Magnifying glass
  25. Small mirror
  26. CPR mask
  27. Ear buds
  28. Medical waste bag
  29. Head lamp/flash light
  30. Sunscreen and lip balm
  31. Antiseptic soap
  32. Calamine lotion
  33. Saline wound wash
  34. Skin prep wipes
  35. Asthma inhaler
  36. 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.
  37. 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.

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