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First Aid Kit Essentials - What Should Be Included

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First Aid for the kiwiWith little ones around, it is important to have a stocked first aid kit for those inevitable bumps, bruises and cuts. Keep a first aid kit in your home and in each car since accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. First-aid kits can be purchased from the American Red Cross, online, in stores or you can build your own customized kit. 

What should be included in a first aid kit?  The following items are suggested:

  • Adhesive bandages in different sizes
  • Gauze pads in different size
  • Roller gauze
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
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  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution/wipes
  • Hydrocortisone ointment 
  • Calamine lotion
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Pain reliever (acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
  • Lubricant 
  • Blanket
  • Instant cold compress
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing needle and matches to sterilize the needle
  • Thermometer (digital)
  • First Aid instruction manual (KidsHealth.org has printable instruction sheets to handle common childhood emergencies. Print and keep in a folder for quick reference. Your local American Red Cross can also provide a basic first aid manual.)
  • Flashlight and batteries (make sure batteries are charged)
  • A one-way-valve breathing barrier for administering CPR
  • Soap or hand sanitizer

Put all of the above items in a container that is easy to open and sturdy. Be sure to keep your kit out of children’s reach since the kit contains dangerous items. Check expiration dates and batteries frequently and replace used items. Here’s a tip, put the date and name of item next to expire on a sticky note and stick it on the kit for a quick and easy reminder. Having a well-equipped first aid kit will help you tackle any boo-boos that come your way.

Sources:
American Academy of Pediatrics. Stocking a First-Aid Kit
American Red Cross. Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
KidsHealth.org. First-Aid Kit
Mayo Clinic. First-Aid Kits: Stock Supplies That Can Save Lives

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