Are You Prepared?
A first aid kit is one of the most important things to have in your family home
It is important to have a fully stocked family first aid box in your home. A family always comes with little accidents and having everything at hand can make dealing with minor cuts, grazes and bumps far easier. There are lots of pre-packed family first aid kits, which may prove useful as a beginners kit however you will know your own family and it may be better to start one from scratch or at least add to the basic one that you have purchased. But what do you need to have?
We have put together some guidelines on what we have in our own first aid boxes, which may just help you:
- Digital thermometer
- Plasters in various different sizes and shapes
- Children’s liquid pain reliever (with measuring spoon)
- Calamine lotion
- Burn gel
- Tweezers (to remove splinters or thorns)
- Two sterile eye dressings
- Saline solution and eye bath
- Ice packs (kept in the fridge for bumps and knocks)
- Insect repellant
- Assorted bandages (including crepe rolled bandages and triangular bandages)
- Safety pins for holding bandages in place
- Sterile gauze dressing
- Adhesive tape
- Alcohol free antiseptic wipes
- Bite and sting relief cream
- Cough medicine
- Earache liquid
- Antihistamine cream or liquid
- Scissors (to cut bandages)
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Cotton wool
- Antiseptic cream
- A first aid manual
If any member of your family is allergic to bee stings, shellfish or nuts or other life threatening condition always carry medication with you but have a spare in your first aid box.
Make sure all the contents of your first aid box are up to date and replace anything that you use as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than needing something and realizing that you have already used it.
It can be useful to have a main family first aid kit and have one for your car too and even a mini one for your handbag or change bag. All first aid kits should be well away from little hands and any medicines should be in a locked box or cupboard.
Have a list of emergency numbers in your medical box, in case of emergency you may not be thinking straight, not have access to your telephone or even remember numbers that you usually know by heart. Tape the names and numbers of important people to contact securely to the lid of the Family first aid box so that anyone attending to your child can contact the relevant people quickly. It could save someone’s life but at the very least will avoid any unnecessary worry in an already stressful situation.
Numbers to keep in your Family first aid box:
- Family Doctor (out of hours number too)
- Local hospital
- Family members (including mobiles and work numbers)
- Two close friends or neighbours (who may be called on to care for other children in the event of an emergency)
This tip is particularly useful for babysitters or family members who may be looking after your children when an accident occurs.