Home first aid kits – what should you have in yours over Christmas
Accidents happen and when they do it is important to have a first aid kit to hand to treat any minor cuts, scratches, bumps or bruises.
Ideally it should be kept locked and out of the reach of children. It is important that when storing your first aid kit, that it is kept in a cool, dry place as this will prolong the life of the supplies.
Over the Christmas break in amongst the excitement and turkey there are bound to be little accidents which require treatment, so make sure you’re prepared today.
A basic first kit may contain:
- plasters, in a variety of different sizes and shapes
- at least two sterile eye dressings
- crêpe rolled bandages
- disposable sterile gloves
- scissorssticky tape
- skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
- antiseptic creamantihistamine tablets
- painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
- small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- triangular bandagessafety pins
- alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- thermometer, preferably digital
- cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
- cough medicine
- distilled water, for cleaning wounds
- eye wash and eye bath