Most people have a first aid kit in their home, or even just a few plasters and some pills, but when you have little ones running around you soon come across a variety of bumps and scrapes that plasters just aren’t up to dealing with.
Having a fully stocked and ready first aid kit soon become vital to treating your children’s bumps and scrapes and keeping it stocked up is just as important, because you never know when someone will have a fall.
Your Family First Aid Kit
Firstly, you may want more than one, have one at least for home and a smaller kit in any cars etc where you spend time with your kids.
Have your first aid kit somewhere it is easy to find and use, you don’t want to lose track of it or be digging around looking for it with blood getting all over the carpet and chairs while your child stands or sits crying their eyes out.
A good example..
The Essentials Of Any First Aid Kit
This is a list of items that are essential to an effective family first aid kit that should cover most common accidents, bumps and scrapes that you can deal with at home.
- 20 or more plasters for scratches and small grazes, great for paper cuts, small bumps etc.
- Two sterile eye pads, for when they walk into something or nearly poke their eye out, this will protect their eye after a minor accident or a small scratch anything more severe and you should seek medical help or advice.
- A Thermometer, helpful for fevers, colds, bugs etc. Make sure you pick the best baby thermometer.
- Anti-septic cream, great for little scrapes and irritated skin, gets rid of infection and any nasty foreign bodies in a scrape.
- 4 triangular bandages for big falls, sprains and pains.
- Some safety pins for the bandages, to hold them together.
- Half a dozen medium dressings and three to four large dressings for larger cuts, bumps and grazes.
- Plenty of alcohol wipes, around 10 should do.
- A couple sets of disposable gloves for messy injuries.
- A basic first aid leaflet that covers the contents of your essential kit and what to do if not.
These should see off most common injuries you can manage from home, anything that seems more serious or you don’t think you can handle, then you should seek medical help, whether a hospital or emergency appointment with a doctor.
Additional Suggestions For Your Kit
For those with much younger children and babies then hypoallergenic plasters are a great item to have at least a dozen of these around if you have little ones as their skin is very delicate and these are perfect for them.
Micropore tape is a useful item that can be used to tape down bandages and plasters in awkward places, do not use it as a plaster or in substitute for a bandage though. A good pair of scissors is also a great addition.
Eye wash can be very helpful, though most children hate having to use it, it is great for when something has gotten stuck in their eye or their eye is irritated.
Learn First Aid Skills
Take a course to learn first aid, learn the basics there are plenty of courses available for everyone to take, they are available to take in your own time or evenings and weekends, this will have you prepared for any small accidents and potentially some of the worse ones.
Its Your Children’s Safety
Make sure that you keep on top of your first aid kit, keep it well stocked and although plasters can be bought for cheap, don’t buy cheap thermometers and wipes, trust branded products for reliable results and make sure they are in date. Names like Braun and Boots are reliable and guarantee quality.
Know Your Limits – Be SAFE
As great as your kit might be, with more serious injuries, seeking medical advice and help is always important, there is only some much you can do with your kit, not matter how much training you have.
There could be complications that you haven’t noticed, and your child isn’t aware of, don’t take risks and know your limit.