Every home needs to have a first aid kit, and if you have kids, you might need a few extra items in there. You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on a made-up first aid kit. Make your own first aid kit for home! There are certain things you need, and other items that are always great to keep on hand just in case.
Don’t be caught up with an injured child and no first aid kit in sight. Make your own and keep it somewhere accessible, but away from the kids, for when an accident happens.
Here is what you should keep in a first aid kit
- List of emergency phone numbers
- First aid manual
- Different size plasters (printed ones are fun for kids)
- Adhesive tape
- Elastic bandages
- A splint
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antiseptic soap
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
- Prescription medication if going on vacation
- Sharp scissors
- Safety pins
- Disposable instant cold packs
- Alcohol wipes
- Calamine lotion
- Plastic non-latex gloves
- Mouthpiece for giving CPR
- Flashlight and batteries
- Burn gel
- Eye bandage
Once Your First Aid Kit Is Stocked
Once you have stocked up your first aid kit, there are a few things to remember:
- Read the first aid manual so you will know how to use each item in the first aid kit. It is also a good idea to show this to older kids who will be able to understand. Review the main points with them and help them feel comfortable with the contents.
- Store the first aid kit out of the reach of children, but somewhere that you have easy access to it as to not spend too much time searching in an emergency.
- Make sure to check the kit regularly. Try to keep a stock sheet, and make sure to replace any missing items.
- Check to see if any creams, wipes, or medication has expired. Replace any expired medication.
- Ensure that other family members, babysitters, or caregivers know where the first aid kit is kept and how to use the kit.
- Check the flashlight and batteries once a month to be sure that it works.
- If you are flying, try to pack the first aid kit into your checked luggage. Most of the items won’t be allowed in hand luggage.
- Have an emergency procedure guide for the family, guiding them on what to do during an emergency.
Emergency Numbers To Include
It is really important to have a list of emergency numbers in the first aid kit. This helps you know the numbers are accessible and somewhere that you can find them easily, and that babysitters, your children, and anyone else in your home have access to the numbers.
- Police station
- Fire department
- Poison hotline
- Family doctor
- Closest emergency room
- Number of relatives, close friends or neighbours
Teach your children when it is helpful to call 000 and when they should phone a specific number on the emergency list. Keep your address clearly written on the list as well, so that you or your child can read it out if they need to make an emergency phone call and give directions to your home.