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Essential of First Aid Kit

What should I keep in my first aid kit?

It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.

Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.

Your basic first aid kit

A basic first aid kit may contain:

  • plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes

  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings

  • at least 2 sterile eye dressings

  • triangular bandages

  • crêpe rolled bandages

  • safety pins

  • disposable sterile gloves

  • tweezers

  • scissors

  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes

  • sticky tape

  • thermometer (preferably digital)

  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula

  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings

  • antiseptic cream

  • painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen

  • antihistamine cream or tablets

  • distilled water for cleaning wounds

  • eye wash and eye bath

It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit.

Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they're within their use-by dates.

The contents of your family first-aid kit or medicine chest will vary depending on the people in your home and their needs.

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