Family first aid kit

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Sadly it’s inevitable that our children are going to suffer from a few bumps and bruises as they grow, so it’s vitally important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in an easily accessible place, preferably somewhere close to hand-washing facilities. It’s also a great idea to keep a mini version in your handbag and also in your car for emergencies.

First aid is generally about treating wounds, so you should keep a supply of the following in your kit:

ג€¢ Non-alcoholic, antiseptic wipes ג€“ use these for cleaning grazes and wounds if water is not available
ג€¢ A selection of waterproof plasters ג€“ many people are allergic to the fabric variety or the adhesive, so it’s probably best to stick to hypoallergenic brands
ג€¢ Adhesive dressings ג€“ individually wrapped and in assorted sizes
ג€¢ Blunt tipped scissors ג€“ some health professionals also advise to store ג€˜tough cut’ scissors for the safe cutting of clothes in the event of an emergency
ג€¢ A selection of bandages ג€“ to stem bleeding or fashion into a sling
ג€¢ Micropore tape and/or safety pins to hold the bandage in place
ג€¢ Sterile wound dressings ג€“ individually wrapped and of different sizes
ג€¢ Special burns dressings ג€“ individually wrapped and of different sizes
ג€¢ Sterile eye pads ג€“ these are used to protect the eye when grit or a foreign object is involved, and will keep the eyeball safe from further harm until you get professional medical assistance
ג€¢ Disposable sterile gloves ג€“ these protect the casualty if the first aider’s hands are dirty, and protect the first aider if the casualty is bleeding

Additionally, for bumps to the head or anything that comes up as a lump, you can buy very effective flexible ice packs to store in the freezer, although a packet of frozen peas can work just as well!

Of course, each family’s attitude towards medicine is different, but some over-the-counter remedies that might come in handy over the years include:

ג€¢ Infant paracetamol and/or ibuprofen for reducing pain, fever and swelling after a bump. A popular brand name is Calpol/Calprofen, but supermarkets often stock their own cheaper brands.

ג€¢ Antihistamine ג€“ this is useful for when your child has an allergic reaction, such as a rash. It also covers problems such as hay fever. Always check the label to make sure it is suitable for the age of your child.

ג€¢ Anti-sting cream, lotion or spray for insect bites and stings. Creams like Eurax also treat general itching, which can be brilliant for when the dreaded chicken pox strikes.

ג€¢ Antiseptic cream or spray ג€“ to aid healing and provide soothing relief.

Make a point to restock items that have been used and regularly check over your first aid kit and medicine cabinet to discard and replace any items that have passed their ג€˜use before’ date. Keep your first aid container clean and free from dust, and protect its contents from damp or excessive heat.

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