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I’m curious, how many of you have a current first aid kit in your home?

Every family should keep a first aid kit at home and in their car. I have to admit when we had small children I was very good about keeping a current first aid kit on hand. We always had what ever you would need for small injuries. Now that our children are grown it’s time I updated our emergency kit and got it up-to-date!

You don’t need to buy a pre-made first aid kit. You can keep your supplies in a tackle box or other suitable container, which you can lock. If you have small children in the house or grandchildren that come to visit it needs to be childproof!

Your first aid kit can be kept in a tool box.

Your first aid kit can be kept in a tool box.

I asked my daughter, who is a nurse, what she kept in her first aid kit.

Top shelf, things you will use most often. Starting from the left:  Coband or Ace bandage–something that will help cover a wound, keep it secure, that’s why I include tape as well, small drawers for some meds: pepto for tummy, nasal decongestant and DayQuil, I also keep Anti-itch/hydrocortisone and gauze. Keep Normal saline somewhere in your kit. I use small flushes which can purchase  online. GREAT for flushing a wound an eye and keeping small doses on hand.

Top shelf tool box.

Top shelf tool box.

Second drawer: band aids, BENADRYL!! Must have, can help nip a reaction when it starts, I also have some syringes, but most importantly a sharpie, use it to outline areas of redness or inflammation to determine if they get worse. In the bottom I keep more gauze, wraps, gloves, aloe and hydrogen peroxide. Also a brown wash cloth for big bleeds. It can keep someone from passing out from the site of blood.

Second drawer of tool box.

Second drawer of tool box.

Here are a few

items that are suggested for your home first aid kit:

  • 1-2 rolls of adhesive tape for bandaging
  • Small, adhesive strips
  • Bar of plain, un-perfumed soap for washing wounds
  • Liquid acetaminophen for infants and small children
  • Chewable acetaminophen for older children
  • Regular aspirin or acetaminophen for teens and adults
  • One ounce bottle of syrup of ipecac (to induce vomiting)
  • A thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Chemical ice pack
  • Emergency phone numbers; including your physician, hospital and local poison control hot line.

For a more fully stocked first aid kit add the following:

  • 1-2 rolls of elastic bandages
  • cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Antiseptic cream (for minor cuts and burns)
  • Petroleum jelly (for blisters, chafing and chapping)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Snakebite kit
  • Tongue depressors (to use as splints for injured fingers and toes)
  • Anaphylaxis kit for severe allergy
  • Backup supply of prescription medication.

Now that we all know what to put in our first aid kits that’s make a resolution to make sure we all have a current first aid kit in our home! do you have any other suggestions as to what you should have in a first aid kit?

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