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Creating Your Home First Aid Kit

Make a home first aid kit for family health and safety

Most kids are exceptionally active and younger kids especially love to explore, but this also means that occasional unforeseen accidents do happen. In the event of a more-serious-than-usual tumble resulting in injury, having a first aid kit handy makes it easy to patch up kids’ cuts or scrapes quickly.

In emergency situations, a well-stocked home medicine box can even be life-saving (for example, when a child who is allergic has been stung by a bee). Making your own kit to keep in your home and the car is straightforward if you follow these recommendations.

The ingredients of a thorough first aid kit
The Red Cross has released guidelines recommending what items to include in a kit for a family of four. These include:
  • 5 single-use packets of antibiotics
  • 5 single-use antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of pain relief medication
  • 25 plasters in a variety of sizes
  • 2 compress dressings
  • Scissors
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves (preferably ‘one size fits all’)
  • 1 cold compress (instant)
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier
  • 1 each of roller bandages in different widths
  • 5 each of sterilised gauze pads in at least two sizes
  • 1 mercury-free, glass-free thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • A first aid instruction manual
Ongoing first aid kit maintenance

In order to ensure that your family health is safeguarded against emergencies at all times, check your kit regularly. This includes looking for expiration dates and replacing any items past their ‘use by’ dates. Also include a list of telephone numbers for emergency services such as GPs who offer after-hours callouts and ambulances in your kit. Taking every precaution means that you will be efficiently equipped to dispense home medicine any time it is necessary to.