I have often thought about purchasing a shop bough, made up first aid kit. I have often had a look at some of these kits in chemist shops. Indeed, I have almost bought a kit on several occasions but then on taking a closer look I have thought that I would rather make up my own one.
This isn't because I don’t believe that a first aid kit is an essential item for one’s home or for holidays and travelling in general,because I do BUT I do think that some items contained in many kits may not be supplied in the most likely needed amount. Some are in too small a quantity, while others seem to be in too large a quantity; some items will be needed more often and I would have to keep adding these to the kit. Of course, what is needed depends on the size of the family and their ages. Families with several children are likely to need lots of knee sized plasters.
I also think with made-up kits that often you are paying for the container.
I have always kept a tin of essentials and when my children were young this was kept well out of reach. But I also taught my children from a young age that they were not to touch or take certain items and I explained why. I also had a lockable bathroom cabinet with further supplies. It didn’t really need to be lockable as t was placed high on the wall but extra safeguards aren't a bad idea, ever.
I think for families with children first aid kits should contain:
A bandage and safety pins
Antiseptic to cleanse such as TCP or similar
Antiseptic cream to apply to the wound (such as Germolene)
Antihistamine cream for bites and stings
Pain and fever medication. I used to keep ibuprofen Meltlets for children and paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets/caplets for adults and older children
Some items that I sometimes keep in my first aid kit are:
Cream E-45 itch relief cream
A primary aid package is anything you keep together to take care of small problems and accidents.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN A MEDICAL KIT?
A primary aid package needs to have plasters, antiseptic cream, cleansing wipes, a little design of bandages which you feel are best for your conditions. the one I have got at home has got a lot more objects inside it and it's hardly incidental although I retain an initial aid system in my car.
You can purchase medical products which are already built but I do believe they have got lots of products in that you'd not use and so I often make my own and purchase things that are only that I am aware I will use.
It doesn't matter what you retain your first aid system in so long as it is easy if you want it to find. I keep mine under the sink and it's also stored it a Moshi Creatures lunchbox. Usually the one I've got within my car is green and says first aid to the entrance, it is a carrier that originated in a kit that is ready-made but that had been used up and that I have placed my own personal products inside.
WHAT I've GOT IN MINE AND WHY
I have got plasters in different styles for when themselves cuts. I've got bandages likewise but haven't needed to rely on them and I'm not sad about this. I've got paracetamol inside the medical equipment that's in my own car but I do not keep these within the package that's in my own home since these goods already are within the medicine cabinet.
I have got scissors within my first-aid system likewise plus they are great for if I've to cut a plaster to-go over a cut or other harm or if somebody gets a splinter. That was not employed although I used to retain burn lotion within the kit also plus its day was gone past by it therefore I needed to throw it away.
I do believe everybody should have an initial aid kit in a place that's easy-to attain within their house since you never learn when harm or an accident is going to occur and this will help place things right if there is a collision.
WHAT IS IT?
A first aid kit is something you keep together to treat accidents and minor emergencies.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP IN A FIRST AID KIT?
A first aid kit should have plasters, antiseptic cream, cleaning wipes, a small arrangement of bandages and things that you think are best for your circumstances. I keep a first aid kit in my car and it is very basic but the one I have got at home has got many more items in it.
You can purchase first aid kits that are already made but I think they have got a lot of items in that you would not use so I always make my own and buy only things that I know I will use.
It does not matter what you keep your first aid kit in as long as it is easy to find when you need it. I keep mine under the sink and it is kept it a Moshi Monsters lunchbox. The one I have got in my car is green and says first aid on the front, it is a bag that came from a ready made kit but that had been used up and I have put my own items in it.
WHAT I HAVE GOT IN MINE AND WHY
I have got plasters in different sizes for when someone cuts themselves. I have got bandages also but have not had to use them and I am glad about that. I have got paracetamol and piriton in the first aid kit that is in my car but I do not keep those in the kit that is in my home because those items are already in the medicine cabinet.
I have got scissors and tweezers in my first aid kit also and they are good for if someone gets a splinter or if I have to trim a plaster to go over a cut or other injury. I used to keep burn cream in the kit also but that was not used and it went past its date so I had to throw it away.
I think everyone should have a first aid kit in a place that is easy to reach in their home because you never know when an accident or injury is going to happen and this can help to put things right if there is an accident.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I would say one of the most important items in my kitchen cupboard is my first aid kit. I remember as a child that we had an old sachel as a first aid bag and the feel and look of it was horrible but it still did the same job. Personally I use a packed lunch box for my home first aid kit and then I also have small first aid kits which myself and my husband keep in our cars and when we go on a day trip one in the changing bag.
Like I said just about anything can be used to keep your first aid supplies in but I feel it should be of a decent size in the house so that you are able to keep enough stock in it to refill your portable first aid kits.
I am currently in the process of registering as a childminder an due to this had to complete a paediatric first aid course, the latest advice is that for cuts and grazes etc you should only clean with water and no long antiseptic products as it is being found that people are suffering a lot of allergies to these forms of products.
The contents of your first aid kit of course depends upon what you and your family are most likely to use so for all there are basic items you are likely to have some people will have more obscure items to suit themselves.
Personally we have plasters, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream, bandages and safety pins in our travel first aid kits, I actually plan on buying slightly larger bags when I see them and adding in an eye wash and a sling as I feel with 2 young children these could be useful items.
In our home first aid kit we have all of the items above but we also have a thermometer, decongestant drops and chest rub, Bonjela, sterile dressings, cold relief sachets and lozenges for when we have sore throats.
To buy a readymade first aid kit can be really pricey as I found out when I was looking for a professional kit for the business, they can easily cost in excess of £30 which is bordering on ridiculous in my opinion. I feel that as long as you can find a suitable container then it is much better value for you to make your own.
First aid kits give me peace of mind and I always make sure mine is fully stocked and my eldest daughter who is super clumsy always makes sure she has some character plasters available for making all her boo boos better.
First Aid Kits in General
Like many people I have a whole bathroom shelf dedicated to first aid supplies and medications, but I also have two small first aid kits that I have accrued over the years that I religiously take on holiday with me, whether it is in the UK or abroad.
First aid kits are very useful items to own and you can buy ready made ones or create your own very easily. I have two purpose built first aid kits that I add to whenever the more commonly used items are used up.
Ready made first aid kits can be quite pricey; I have a Wallace Cameron General Purpose kit which my mum bought for me a couple of years ago. I don't know what it cost originally but these typically retail for £10 up to £30 depending on the size.
My kit is a nice size for travel, having approximate dimensions of 20 cm x 18 cm x 12 cm. It is a solid plastic curved box that has a clip lock in place. Inside the box all the first aid items are set out in their appropriate place and I have to say it can be a nightmare closing the box if you have rummaged through for something and haven't put these items back in their correct position! My other first aid kit is a much smaller zipped bag which is easier to carry around.
Most first aid kits contain very comparable items, which includes, but is not limited to:
~ Guidance Leaflet - This is a useful insert that explains what items are included in your kit. In all honestly I do not read this front to back, but it is useful if you have any strange items that you haven't come across before or want to know how to use everything correctly and utilise the items to their full potential.
~ Sterile Medium and Large Dressings - I (thankfully) haven't needed to use sterile dressings very often. They are intended to be used on larger and perhaps more serious cuts, grazes and burns than a plaster would manage. These usually come sealed and wrapped in first aid kits to ensure they are clean and that they protect your wound from infection.
~ Plasters - A first aid kit essential! And for me a handbag necessity. Usually you will get an assortment of plasters of all different shapes and sizes. They could be waterproof or fabric depending on your kit, or both. As a rule you will get more of the classic sized 19 mm x 72 mm which are suitable for fingers, toes and small cuts. You may also get smaller plaster strips and larger patches for bigger wounds.
~ Antiseptic Cream - A small tube of antiseptic cream to use on small cuts and grazes and the like. This protects open wounds against infection and can also relieve pain. It is a good idea to check the expiry dates on these creams and make sure yours has not been opened for a long period of time as this will reduce its effectiveness.
~ Crepe Bandages - My kit has two different sized bandages for use over dressings to hold them in place. Again this is not an item I use a lot of but it is useful for larger wounds or for protecting a larger area of skin such as an inflamed wound or bite.
~ Triangular Bandage - Just in case! A useful item for support and the use as a sling for injured wrists, arms and shoulders.
~ Alcohol free wipes - these are great for small cuts and grazes that may have some dirt in them. The wipes clean the wound and don't sting due to their alcohol free properties. They come in a rip open wrapper to keep them moist and sterile.
~ Scissors - Chiefly for use on bandages and plasters but a very handy item to have on holiday full stop.
~ Gloves - Again I have never used these for medical reasons, I tend to pinch them out of the kit for a nasty cleaning job like the oven! However these are again used as a sterile first aid assistance.
~ Safety Pins - To be used in conjunction with your bandages, these help to keep the bandage in place and are more versatile and adjustable than using plasters.
This list is certainly not exhaustive and first aid kits come in many different shapes and sizes. Mine have the essentials and I always make sure that I restock these when the supplies become low, particularly plaster and the alcohol free wipes. All of these items and more can be bought individually and you can cater to your own needs if you build it up this way, rather than having to cart around forever unused items. This will not only ensure you're not without that essential item, but will perhaps work out to be a cheaper way of having a first aid too.
I have also added to my kit things such as painkillers, as many kits will not come with these already included for medical reasons, and tweezers which are useful for splinters and glass which I always suffer from when walking around in sandals.
I try to never go away without a first aid kit, mostly I will never use it, but you don't know when these things will really be needed and for the sacrifice of a little bit of luggage space it is worth it every time.
Every person should have a first aid kit in their house and also in their car. What you keep in it depends on your family but there are some items which are universal in all cases. Your first aid kit should be kept in an easily accessible place, the last thing you want in an emergency is to be pulling out boxes from your cupboard trying to find it. If it does contain medication however it should be kept out of the reach of children. You should check it regularly to ensure any medication has not passed its best before date and also remember to restock items quickly after you have used them.
So what should it contain?
Firstly plasters, ideal for everyday cuts and grazes, they should be different sizes to deal with various injuries. If any of your family is allergic to elastoplast you should have an alternative type.
Two or three large sterile gauze dressings, these are ideal if you have any large wounds where a plaster would not be sufficient.
Triangular bandages the sort that you can use to make a sling if someone hurts their arm or to use to elevate a cut hand.
Crepe bandage, the sort you would use to bandage a sprained ankle or to use to hold a dressing in place.
Eye dressings, one for each eye incase of any chemical spilling into a persons eyes. These should be sterile and kept in a sterile packet.
Tape and safety pins both useful for attaching dressings or securing bandages in place.
Scissors for opening packets or cutting tape or dressings to size.
Gloves, ideally sterile ones for carrying out dressings or for protection against blood, usefully especially in a car first aid kit.
Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or other painkillers, ensure you have childrens versions if there are children in the house. Always check regularly that the best before dates are ok.
Thermometer, useful especially if you have children for checking for fevers. Digital thermometers are most accurate and safer, remember to check the battery regularly though.
Antiseptic cream, ideal for cuts, mild burns, bites and stings.
Cough medicine, ideally one for chesty coughs and one for tickly coughs.
Throat tablets - for the relief of sore throats
(This review is also published on Helium)
My husband has always been one for safety. As a child and young adult he was actively involved in St John Ambulance Brigade and as a result we've always had an eclectic collection of bandages, slings and plasters around the house but, before we married, you'd never find basic medicines in the house. The household kit that my husband had had been packaged in a waterproof container, clearly labelled and was kept, rather sensibly, under the sink where we both knew about it. There is stayed. We then moved house and, ironically, the first time we actually needed to find a plaster the kit was nowhere to be found. When, a couple of days later it was located (needless to say the bleeding had stopped) we found that much of the perishable content had perished and, on closer inspection, it probably contained fewer of the items that were most needed and too many items that were highly unlikely to be needed.
The arrival of a new child spurred us into questioning whether we had the right stuff in our first aid kits, where they should be kept and how many we should have. We looked at some proprietary kits but found all of them to be wanting in some way. Most contained things that we already had plenty of in the house (such as scissors) but fewer of the consumable items that would need replenishing (such as plasters - what use is 1 plaster in a kit?). We therefore decided to make up our own kits, one for each car and one for home.
Items common to both kits:
1 - Plasters - a variety of sizes are included in each kit. In the car kits they are mainly waterproof plasters but in the home kit there are also fabric plasters.
2 - Bandages - in the car we just have a single crepe bandage and a triangular bandage for a sling but in the home kit there are a couple of sizes of crepe bandage, a triangular bandage and also a tubigrip.
3 - Antiseptic - at home we have crème and liquid antiseptic and, in the car, a spray antiseptic as it's easier.
4 - Micropore tape - a great way of sticking dressings but it can come in handy for fixing a variety of things!
5 - Sterile dressings - one large dressing in each kit with additional dressings in the home kit.
6 - Scissors and tweezers.
7 - Safety pins - both for keeping dressings on and useful for removing foreign objects.
Items in the car kit:
1 - Disposable gloves
2 - Camera (in case of accidents)
3 - Lighter for sterilising the safety pins if required
4 - Antihistamine crème - you never know when a sting might come!
5 - Wet wipes
6 - Penknife
Items at home
1 - not kept in the kit itself, but we keep a cold pack in the freezer for major bumps and scrapes.
2 - Digital thermometer
At home we also have a basically stocked medicine cabinet containing paracetamol, kaolin & morphine, an antihistamine crème, aloe vera gel (a variety of uses!) and, for the children, Calpol and a cough linctus.
Hopefully that should see us through most minor emergencies! Most items are already contained around the house, it's just a question of bringing them together in a clearly marked container.
Make sure that everyone knows where you keep your kits - you never know when, or why, you might need it!
A Little Look Inside My Own First Aid Kit.
There are thousands of first aid products that are marketed to us as must have items, and as a country I bet we collectively spend billions of pounds a year on sticking plasters and antiseptic creams. So many of the items we buy are highly packaged and contained in tubes and tubs that cant be recycled easily. So off to the landfill they go, and really, I suppose the biggest question we should be asking, is do we really need them in the first place?
So I thought about what I have in what I call my medicine cupboard, which is really a first aid cupboard with lots of tubs of vitamins and paracetamol thrown in too. Here is my list:
1 tub Echinaechia tablets for blasting the bollocks off colds and coughs.
A bottle of Echinaechia tincture (Potters) great stuff for pretty much instant relief of sore throats and yuckie cold symptoms
A bottle of Potters cough syrup ghastly stuff but does the job if you have a rip roaring cough.
A tube of Calendula cream made out of marigold or calendula flowers. Very soothing on cuts and scrapes.
A tube of Tea Tree Cream, antiseptic and aesthetic.
A tube of bonjela and a bottle of clove oil (for sore mouths/ulcers and hurting teeth)
A bottle of lavender essential oil for restless nights
A box of sticking plasters and a half empty box of compeed (for blisters amazing stuff!)
And on my windowsill, a couple of Aloe Vera plants for burns, bite and stings, as well as a whole host of other uses. I use a garlic gargle (try typing that fast!) when I have a sore throat, as Garlic is a natural antibiotic and fights infection really well. I also use a solution of garlic if I get bitten in the garden by hungry midges!
I use Raspberry Leaf tincture and tablets for period pain with very positive results, and have paracetamol and ibuprofen for headaches and joint pain when all else fails.
So there you have it. Not a single beechams in sight and a lot of alternative remedies which in my opinion work much better and are much more reliable than a lot of the stuff you buy in Boots these days. I would much rather buy into the natural market than put my money to the big drugs companies that currently rule most of the western world! It is, if you like, my little consumer rant!
Thank you for reading, Kate x
Now, as a member of the British Red Cross, I believe it's very important that we all have proper first-aid stuff to hand. One of the first things I always ask when starting a new job is where the first-aid kit is, not because I think I'll ever need to use it, but because I might have to. You can never tell with these things. Kits come in all shapes and sizes - if you saw the huge one that I use when doing first-aid duties, you'd balk. It's massive!
This review is my opinion of stuff that should be found in the 'ultimate' first aid kit, if you really want to be prepared. Now, I should make it quite clear, that this is MY OPINION as a Dooyooer and shouldn't be construed in any way, shape or form as professional advice. I'm trained to do first-aid, BUT I'm not trained to train anyone in how they should do first-aid. This review is entirely personal and in no ways should be taken as advice from BRC. Got that?:)
BANDAGES AND DRESSINGS
Although it's fairly easy to improvise an arm sling without one of these if you really need to, triangular bandages are so useful for leg splints! Ordinarily, you shouldn't need to do a leg splint as the ambulance will get to you quickly enough for it not to be necessary, but if you're going out into the wilderness or live in a rural area with poor emergency service response times, very useful indeed.
**Crepe roller bandages & conforming bandages**
You just can't have a proper first aid kit without them! Bandages will help support broken or injured parts of the body. If your casualty has been impaled by something that you shouldn't take out for fears of making the injury worse, stick a few rolled up bandages around the object to stop it from moving and then bandage around the item and the wound.
Not something to skrimp on, especially if you have children in your care! These are available in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes, from the tiny dot shaped plasters to cover up needle bleeds (generally speaking, you can do without these!) to the 'butterfly' or 'bell' plasters that are especially excellent for protecting wounds on little fingers.
**Sterile dressing pads & non-adherent absorbent dressings**
These come in all sizes, but generally speaking, are quite big things that are used for the nastier looking wounds that plasters just don't cover. Useful for all sorts of situations ranging from gun shot wounds to nasty grazes from falling onto hard surfaces like tarmac. Keep an abundant supply of all sizes handy!
For fingers. I wouldn't rate this one as absolutely essential for a first-aid kit, but it can't hurt (no pun intended) to have some available.
**Sterile eye pads**
Self-explanatory, really... They're for the eye!
**Sterile gauze swabs**
Can be handy for little wounds that are too big for a regular plaster.
For holding those dressings in place that need something sticky (e.g. sterile pads) or for reinforcing the sticky quality of things that refuse to stick (e.g. plasters). Make sure you look for the 'hypoallergenic' kind as a lot of people do have allergies to the regular sticky stuff.
Most bandages should come with a special flat clip, but if you lose that, use a safety pin. These little things are useful when you need to improvise e.g. if you're out of triangular bands and want to pin up someone's jacket as a temporary sling instead.
For cutting, surprisingly enough. The proper first aid scissors can cut through a 2p coin (although this will blunt them forever, so don't try it!) and will cut through heavy denim trousers if you have a bad leg injury you need to treat, or cut through bandages and dressings if you need to make them a bit smaller. Also cuts tape. Scissors have a myriad of possible uses; definitely an essential item!
For small cuts and grazes.
For pulling out stings and nasty splinters.
Although your priority to the casualty is to preserve life, and if you can't prevent infection, well, that's a secondary problem, your priority to yourself is to protect yourself. A dead or seriously ill first-aider is of no use to anyone. If you won't wear gloves for your casualty, wear them for yourselves. Lots of diseases and infections can get around via bodily fluids and tiny cuts you may not have noticed you have, so buy the gloves and wear them. If you have latex allergies, vinyl gloves are available to buy, and normally they're much nicer. In fact, I think if you buy a kit from BRC, vinyl is standard for those reasons.
To keep you protected from bodily fluids and other nasty stuff in a major accident.
USEFUL STUFF YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF
**Pen and paper**
If you're treating someone outwidth your family, you might want to scrible down useful stuff here, such as if they know they have any pre-existing medical conditions, allergies, age, next-of-kin, when they last ate, when they last took any drugs (prescription or otherwise)... If nothing else, it'll give you a reason to keep talking to the casualty until the professionals arrive. It might make you feel better too, as scribbling down medical notes like these doesn't require training, but will help focus your mind, keep YOU calm and give you something to do. If you're professionally trained to perform first-aid on members of the public like me, you might want to make Glasgow Coma Scale notes.
If you're taking your kit with you on your travels, a torch can be useful, especially when out in the countryside.
For keeping burns clean and protected until the ambulance arrives with more high-tech equipment. Normal bandages and dressings will stick to burn wounds in a bad way, but clingfilm can be your friend. For wounds to the ends of appendages, (e.g. hands, feet) a plastic bag (I'm talking a nice new, clean plastic freezer bag, not the one you use for your shopping!) can work surprisingly well.
Stops you having to guess the real temperature of the casualty.
There are a billion reasons why you might need one. If someone is fitting and you cannot safely move any hazards nearby (e.g. an old really heavy table), wrap up a blanket and use it as a bluffer between the object and the casualty. If you're improvising a leg split, you can use a small blanket as padding between the legs. If your casualty is cold and you need to gradually warm them up, hey, a blanket works wonders. Just keep at least one handy!
Of course, water can be nearly just as good if you're stuck without this stuff, but eyewash solution is always useful.
**Vomit scraper/vomit box**
These are available in the larger first aid kits, but don't come as standard with most ones you can buy in the shops. I know this isn't a pleasant side of first-aid, but these can come in handy. If you can't hold of them, keep a few plastic bags (check for holes in the bottom!) in your kit. Especially if you have kids!
Now, if you're first-aid trained and come across an unconscious casualty whose airway is clear, but who isn't breathing, you may have to perform CPR. Those Resci-Annie dolls you've learnt on are always nice and clean, but real people? Sometimes they smell, sometimes they've coughed up blood, sometimes they've drunk chemicals and they've got horrible looking burns... Where there is no risk to your own life, as a human being, you are morally obliged to perform CPR if you know how to do so properly. A face shield can make things so much more pleasant, as well as offering you a bit more protection than normal. These are hard to track down, but BRC sell them online for £2.90 + P&P.
One for the ladies. I'm not suggesting that an unexpected period is a first-aid scenario, but miscarriage and abdominal injuries are. If you're a bloke, you may need to ask your other half to get some for the first-aid kit, as I'd imagine you wouldn't really want to buy them yourself!
Essential for treating heart attacks as they thin the blood. Make sure you always have some in your kit since you never know when you'll need them.
If you have children, make sure to keep some of the milder stuff handy that's designed with them in mind. If anyone in your family is allergic to a certain type of painkillers, make sure to an alternative version in your kit.
I'm not suggesting you should keep all of your family's medicine in your first aid kit, as that would be silly, but if anyone has severe allergies, a spare epi-pen might be a useful addition. Similarly, a spare inhaler for someone with asthma. Use your common sense and keep only the essential stuff here that you might need in an emergency. If someone you love is seriously ill, it might make you panic and stop you from being able to remember where they keep their personal stash of drugs, but people rarely forget where the main first aid kit is.
WHERE TO BUY
Standard first-aid kits can be picked up from high-street shops such as Boots The Chemist. I would recommend buying one of those and just adding to it, all the extra stuff that you personally think you need. It's the most cost-effective way to get a kit together. If there are any particular items you need that you can't find (I'm specfically thinking of face shields here), then try the BRC online shop:
P&P is a bit steep if you're only getting one little item, but if you're stocking up on a lot of things or want to order in supplies for you and a couple of neighbours, I'd heartily recommend doing so, as BRC really do know their stuff. I hope this review has inspired you to dust out your old first-aid kit and check it's not missing stuff, or to purchase one if you don't have one already! If you have never been first-aid trained, or your qualification has expired, you should seriously consider looking into courses running near you. Try the Yellow Pages, and if you can't find anything specific, call up your nearest branch of either the Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance or St. Andrew's Ambulance, as they will know what's going on in your area.
Thanks for the read, hope you found this useful!:)
Did you know you should have at least 3 basic first aid kits? One in the house, second in the car and the third in the shed or garage if you have one. Most people are lucky enough to have a few plasters in a cupboard somewhere but they are essential to family life, whether you have a family or not. As this opinion will be posted in the travel section, I will talk about basic first aid kits and some handy extras. All those either going on holiday abroad by plane, cruise or car should have a basic first aid kit packed in their luggage. This for a few reasons. One most obviously if something happens to yourself or someone else you can do basic first aid until the paramedics arrive. The other is that if yourself or others need certain items.. i.e plasters you dont have to go out and buy any. You will be surprised that if you do go and see a GP in a foreign country, they will charge you for little things like plasters, painkillers and bandages. These are not covered under your insurance or the E111 either. So its well worth while stocking up on those essentials, just for peace of mind. You can either buy a basic kit or make up your own. Look out in supermarkets for ready made up kits as they can be quite cheap compared to chemist ones. All basic first aid kits SHOULD contain the following. Plasters... varying sizes. Be aware that some people are allergic, so if in doubt use a cotton dressing instead. Latex Gloves... This are for the prevention. As some diseases like HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis are caught by contaminated blood or body fluids its essential to use latex gloves. Painkillers for adults and children... A basic painkiller that is effective but low dose is Paracetomol. You can get tablet form for adults and liquid form in handy 5 ml sachets for children. A Thermometer ...This to check the temperature of a fever or a suspected one. Remember body temperature is 37c degrees so anything higher than 38c is a fever a
nd should be brought down. Anything lower than 36c is hyperthemia and you should try and get the body temp up. Tweezers... These are handy things to use to take out stings from bees or wasps, or remove ticks, thorns and splinters. Sterilising tablets.... These are for cleaning water that is otherwise unsafe to drink. You can also use them to sterilise fruit and vegetables, babies bottles (check instructions) An anti-diarrhoea medication... .Most common is dyorite and its a powder you mix with water to replace lost fluids and essential body salts. If you haven't got any of this at hand, a pint of water with 2 teaspoons of sugar and a pinch of salt works just as well. An antihistamine cream... This is a antiseptic cream which reduces swelling, redness and itchiness caused by bits, stings and other skin irritations. A syringe ..You can buy these at any chemist with a stopper. These syringes are really handy in administrating medicines to babies and children. An anti spasmodic( for muscle pain) ...This is to help reduce the pain and swelling to muscles that have been strained. A good one is Deep-heat. Mosquito repellent... Mosquitoes are reasonable for Malaria, which can be very nasty. Even in non Malaria countries Mosquitoes bits are sore, itchy and can swell badly. Be aware that some you can not use on children or even if you are pregnant so read the instructions carefully. Sunscreen and Aftersun .... Sunburn is one of the most common spoilers for holiday. Take sunscreen that appropriate for you skin, and don't use a sun factor lower than 8 Mediterranean or 15 in the Caribbean. If your skin is repeatedly damaged by sunburn you are running a high risk of getting serious skin cancer called Melanoma. Aftersun is also very important, this re hydrates the skin, keeping it soft. f you don't use it you could end up like a brown, leathery crocodile. Anti septic cream.... This is just
to make sure that the wound is free from bacteria, so infection is less likely. A triangular bandage... If you or anyone breaks an arm you can use this to strap it up until you can seek medical help. Failing that you could use a sarong, or any material that you can fold into a triangular shape so you can give the arm support. Crepe bandage ...This is just a long, slim, stretchy bandage. This can be used to support stained ankles, wrists and hands, until you can seek medical advice. Lint (non fluff) ...Lint is like cotton wool. Its absorbent and helps cushion cuts, pack noses( nosebleeds) and helps protect against infection. Make sure your lint is fluff free otherwise the fibres will get caught in the wound, making it open to infection or once the lint is removed take the scab with it, and opening the wound. A sterile eye dressing.. This a sterile dressing to protect the eye from further damage from an injury. This can be placed over the eye until it can be seen by a doctor. Change for telephone call... If you haven't got access to a mobile, you can make a call to next of kin or friends. Safety pins.. Handy for bandages, ripped clothes, hems or broken zips. A pocket sized First Aid book... This basic book you can refer back to for MINOR ailments. Sounds a lot doesn't it, but it isn't. All this equipment is just so you can give basic and maybe life saving first aid. The principles of first aid is too; Preserve Life To limit worsening of a condition To promote Recovery Having a basic first aid certificate is also really handy to have too, but as long as you know basic first aid, its not a necessity. HANDY EXTRAS If you have a basic first aid kit, you should make sure that every time you use something it should be replaced. You should also have at least 2 of everything like different sized plasters, eye pads, painkiller
s and so on. I have a small dropper in my first aid kit, just in case I need to administer any drops by mouth, nose or eyes. I got this from my local chemist and I do believe it was about 30 p. Steri strips are another handy item in my kit. I brought these from boots while my eldest was having a stage of falling over and cutting her head. Steri strips are very fine strips which seal a small but deep wound. This helps the wound to seal and stop bleeding. As anyone who has had or seen a cut to the head, it bleeds very badly, even if its a small cut. Also as if the cut is very close to the bone, stitches are not possible, steri strips are usually used. A Forehead thermometer is a strip of heat sensitive plastic which tell you the core body temperature of a human. I know I've mentioned thermometer but I find these sorts more practical, as you can use these on the whole family, easy and safe to use and of course non breakable. A sewing kit.... Just a small selection of coloured thread, a needle and a few plain buttons just in case any clothes need repairing. Contraceptives...Whatever is your contraceptive, please take it!! If you are single or out for a good time, remember to pack plenty of condoms. As well as risking yourself to any diseases, condoms the you buy abroad may not be safe. If you do buy an condoms please look for the British kite mark as this means its been tested for duribility, reliablility and are the best about. Go to a chemist rather than buy them from a vending machine as again, you might not find good ones at the local "night" spot. Sanitary products..For the ladies, if you suspect that you are going to have a period, even if it is as you come back, take your sanitary products. You know how this things tend to crop up early. Don't forget the G-string panty liners..about time they brought them out eh? Last but not least I have a few Homeopathic and Aromotherapy remed
ies which come in handy all the time New Era teething Tablets... These are available from chemists and health shops and work a treat for babies who are teething. Arnica cream... This cream is brilliant for reducing swelling, bringing out bruising and soothing any knocks and bangs. Safe for adults and children. Tea Tree oil..One of the only oils you can put on your skin neat. Tea Tree is excellent for bits, skins, sunburn and decondesting if you have a cold. Remember as long as you have a basic First Aid kit you can deal with most minor incidences. You can personalised, if that's the right word, your first aid kit by putting in what your family uses most. You can get plastic containers from chemists which you can pour medicines to take away with you. Make sure they are very clearly marked and keep out of reach of children. Also check with the airline or your travel agency on what medication can go in and out of the country in which you are travelling too. If you do buy any medication abroad, buy only brands you recognise from the UK, and make sure you can bring them out of the country you are staying at, and bring them back into the UK. Finally, as I'm going on hoilday this week, I wish you all the best in your holidays and hopefully you will never see you first aid kit apart from to re-pack it into your suitcase.
Apart from the normal everyday contents of a first aid kit, you might require far more specialised items if you are travelling in countries where hygeine may be a problem, or equipment is just not available. You should carry sterilised rubber gloves, sutures and syringes and insist that these are used if you need medical assistance in any of these countries. Much of this is commonsense but a list of countries and recommended items for inclusion in a first aid kit is available from your pharmacist or the Department of Health.