Many families know that they should have a First Aid Kit on hand, however many just never get around to purchasing one. It is very important to have one in your home and you can even put together one yourself that meets your families needs. All you have to do is purchase some sort of container (a tackle box, or any type of plastic waterproof box will do). Even an old lunchbox will do! As long as it is easy to transport, it should be okay! Make sure that before you start putting your essentials inside that you mark it clearly and neatly on the outside with “First Aid Kit” in a permanent marker or even use a label maker.
What types of items are essential to have your box?
- Band-aids of various sizes including butterfly bandages
- gauze pads and cloth adhesive tape
- roll of gauze dressing
- an Ace bandage
- small, sharp scissors
- tweezers/needle (I also like Splinter Out)
- cotton balls and swabs
- instant cold compress (if you will be taking the kit outside of the home)
- cleansing wipes for external cleaning of a wound
- a few Ziploc bags (for ice or for disposal of medical waste)
- antibiotic ointment
- hydrocortisone cream
- acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- saline nose drops
- eye wash
Personalize your kit with family medications – they should be in clearly marked containers with instructions. If a member of your family has an Epi-pen you might consider keeping an extra one in your first aid kit.
If you plan on doing any hiking or camping you may want to include some waterproof matches, duct tape and a whistle.
I like to always make sure that I carry band-aids and first aid ointment along with some cleansing cloths in my purse, car and diaper bag in case one of my kids falls down and scrapes a knee or something. 😉
Also make sure to always have a list of emergency phone numbers including poison control (800-222-1222), along with your doctor and dentist numbers. Check out these Emergency Print Out Sheets organized by state. You can print them out and have one in your kit and one on your refrigerator!
I also like to keep a list of items that I have in the kit along with expiration dates of any medications. Make sure to re-stock items when they are running low.
Make sure everyone in your family knows where the kit is kept but be sure to keep it out of reach of young children. It is important for relatives and babysitters to know where the kit is also.
An emergency can happen in our family at any time and it is important to be prepared! Always call 911 if your child:
- has difficulty breathing
- is unresponsive, confused, lethargic or can not be aroused
- has a seizure
- has a fever with a stiff neck, severe headache or is sensitive to light
- has uncontrollable bleeding
- a head injury with vomiting, a confused state, lethargic, unresponsive, combative, trouble walking, headache
- blue, purple or gray lips or skin.
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