How To Build A Family First Aid Kit
Remember that time when you promised yourself you will not let anyone hurt your child?
As parents, there isn't a time we don’t worry about the health, safety, and welfare of our precious little ones. We get stressed over the slightest bump or bruise, and we panic at the sudden increase in their body temperature.
These are perfectly normal reactions, mama! We’ll do everything in our power if only to shield them from anything that can harm them.
So should an emergency ever happen, it’s best to be prepared. Do you have a first aid kit you can turn to in case you need tools to prevent a minor injury from becoming a major and serious one? If your answer is no, then what are you waiting for!
Start building your family first aid kit by keeping a stock of the following items that can potentially save lives: Check out our downloadable checklist at the end of this article.
1. First aid treatment must-haves
- Elastic bandages
- Triangular bandage
- Plasters in assorted shapes and sizes
- Adhesive tape
- Gauze pads
- Burn cream
- Antiseptic solution or cream
- Distilled water to clean wounds
- N95 mask
- Personal medication that doesn’t need to be refrigerated
- Cold and cough medicines
- Pain relievers
- Anti-diarrhea medicines
- Antihistamine medicines
- Sterile Gloves
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Emergency blanket
- First aid manual
4. Emergency details
- Contact numbers of emergency services and nearby healthcare facilities
- Contact numbers of family members
- Contact information of your doctor/s
- Government issued IDs
Here are some more reminders when creating your family first aid kit:
1. As much as possible, keep everything in a see-through container so that you can easily see what’s inside as you don’t want any delay in responding to an emergency.
2. Check the kit regularly.
3. Monitor expiry of the items and replace them if they are already expired.
4. Make sure everyone in the family knows where the first aid kit is being kept or stored.
5. Have a first aid kit in your house and in your car.