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Homenavarrow Health & Personal Care

Stocking your first aid kit

Many parents have a first aid kit in their house that is little more than a box of bandaids and some antibiotic cream. But if an emergency or disaster were to strike where you couldn't easily make a trip down to the drug store, would you be able to treat an array of minor injuries? Changes are you probably would not, so here is a handy list of what you should have on hand.

  • First aid guide
  • Information of emergency numbers including:
    • Nearest hospital
    • Nearest clinic
    • family physician
    • poison control
    • nurse's hotline (if available)
    • Information on each family member such as date of birth, allergies, medications
  • Bandaids / adhesive bandages with large assortment of sizes
  • Smaller box of latex-free bandages (incase someone has a latex allergy)
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic cream (such as Polysporin)
  • Individually wrapped alcohol wipes (often with diabetic supplies)
  • Ace bandage
  • Bottles of Advil/Tylenol, in both adult and appropriate child formulas
  • Antihistimine, in both adult and child
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Q-tips
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream

You may also need to add items based on your family's needs. If someone as a severe allergy, an epi pen is a good item to add. If someone wears contacts, a bottle of contact lense solution and eye drops should be added.

If it sounds a bit daunting, you may be able to purchase one of the deluxe first aid kits, but it is much cheaper to do it yourself.

 



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