It is important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home to deal with minor accidents and injuries. Everyone in the house should know where it is and I would strongly encourage you to teach your children some basic first aid skills or at least what to do in an emergency. You could be the injured person.
Personally I would suggest schools teach a little less ‘Citizenship’ and a bit more cookery, needlework and first aid. But what do I know.
Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children.
Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure that they are reasonably within their use-by dates.
You should also keep a small first aid kit in the car for emergencies.
YOUR BASIC FIRST AID KIT
A basic first aid kit should contain:
- Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- At least two sterile eye dressings
- Triangular bandages
- Crêpe rolled bandages
- Plasters in different shaps and sizes
- Safety pins
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- Micropore tape.
- Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings.
- Antiseptic cream
- Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children) or ibuprofen
- Cough medicine
- Antihistamine tablets
- Eye bath
- Steri strips or skin closures
- A First Aid instruction leaflet
- The name and telephone number of your doctor
- The name and telephone number of some neighbours or relatives who may be able to offer assistance
Over time I will give you information about how to conduct some basic first aid techniques.