When you are a Mum or a Dad, you also have to be ‘doctor’ occasionally. Scrapes, scratches and falls are bound to happen in any family and you need to be prepared for many different minor emergencies. There are a number of different first aid kits on the market that you can purchase but why not put together your own? Here are our tips for parents for a ‘do it yourself’ first aid kit. Also see this complete guide to packing a Travel First Aid Kit .
Band-Aids/Adhesive Plasters – It is a good idea to be well stocked up with these in different sizes and shapes. There are plenty of different colourful designs you are sure to find some that will tempt your younger kids. There are also ones that are waterproof which are good in summer.
Non-Latex Gloves – Wearing gloves when you are fixing up your little patients can help reduce infection while also protecting you.
Paracetamol/Ibuprofen – Available over the counter at a chemist, it is good to keep a child safe paracetamol or ibuprofen in case of a quick onset fever. You don’t want to have to look for a chemist late at night. Keep some adult strength medication as well for mum and dad.
Tweezers – A pair just for your first aid kit is good in case of splinters.
Frozen Peas – This is a tip from Sue. Use a bag of frozen vegetables as a cold pack. Peas tend to work well as the little balls help to mould the pack to the shape you need. You will also need to keep this in the freezer.
Thermometer – It is handy to have a thermometer on hand to monitor temperatures and to help know if your kids are sick or just want to avoid going to school.
Disposable Antiseptic Wipes – You can pick up a packet at the supermarket. They are great for wiping clean cuts and scrapes.
Sterile Gauze Pads – These will come individually wrapped and can be purchased in a variety of sizes. These are good for larger cuts and more serious wounds.
Bandages – Keep a good length of clean bandages. Bandages can be used to help secure dressed wounds, are needed incase you have a bite emergency or to keep a broken limb secure.
Saline Solution – This can be used to clean deeper cuts as well as for washing out eyes. It can also be used to clean out babies noses when they get all stuffy.
Hydrocortisone Cream (1%) – Can be used to ease the discomfort of bites, stings, rashes and other minor skin irritations and can be purchased over the counter at the chemist. You could also try Calamine Lotion as well.
Scissors – These will be needed to cut bandages but also may be required to cut clothing in a hurry, so make sure they aren’t blunt.
A Blanket – This can be for putting around your patient if they are in shock or have a fever but can also be used to put your patent on or used like a stretcher to carry them to a safe location.
Hand Sanitiser – This is easy to use and requires no water to clean hands.
Anti-Diarrhea Medication – This is something to keep on hand for adults. Some medications can work very quickly and often you don’t get much warning with tummy issues so keeping your first aid kit stocked is important.
Vicks VapoRub – This is something my Grandmother had all the time. It is good to help relieve nasal congestion and is great as a chest rub. They also have a mild ‘kids’ version.
Phone Numbers – Keep a list of all your emergency numbers on hand; doctor, dentist, baby health clinic, poisons hotline etc. When an emergency happens, you may not have time to look them up. Why not use the 17 Bright Ideas Important Phone Numbers Template, free to download for our members.
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