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What You Need in Your Family’s First Aid Kit

We’ve all heard the saying “Fail to prep, prep to fail.”  But it can be difficult to know exactly what to prepare for.  That’s why we’ve created this all-encompassing list of items you should keep handy in your family first aid kit.

  1. Up-to-Date First Aid Manual: Even if you’re a first aid expert, having a manual to consult in stressful situations can help to ensure that you’re taking the right steps necessary to administer first aid.
  2. Emergency List: This list should include nearby phone numbers of police, the nearest fire department, ambulance services, poison control center, your doctors, and family/friend emergency contacts.
  3. Sterile Gauze Pads of various sizes
  4. Adhesive Tape
  5. Band-Aids in various sizes
  6. An Elastic Bandage
  7. A Splint
  8. Antiseptic Wipes
  9. Antibacterial, Non-scented Soap
  10. Antibiotic Ointment
  11. Antiseptic Solution such as Hydrogen Peroxide
  12. Hydrocortisone Cream (1%)
  13. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
  14. Extra Prescription Medicines when going on vacation
  15. Tweezers
  16. Sharp Scissors
  17. Safety Pins
  18. Instant Cold Packs
  19. Calamine Lotion
  20. Alcohol Wipes
  21. Thermometer
  22. Tooth Preservation Kit: Permanent teeth have the best chance of survival if replaced within 15 minutes, so if an adult tooth is knocked out, the best thing to do is to try to place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root and have the affected individual bite down on gauze to try to reattach it. For a younger child, a tooth preservation kit can help preserve the tooth until brought into see a dentist.
  23. Plastic Non-Latex Gloves (2-3 pairs)
  24. Flashlight with extra batteries
  25. A Blanket
  26. Mouthpiece for giving CPR

 

First-Aid Kits should be stored out of reach by children, but easily accessible to adults.  Ensure that all adult family members and any caregivers know where the first aid kit is stored.

List adapted from: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/firstaid-kit.html

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