Monday, March 19, 2007

Does Your Family Have a First Aid Kit?

Whether it’s the recent rash of violent storms which have plagued our country, or unavoidable accidents in the home; having a first aid kit is essential to treat anyone in your family at a moment’s notice.

Does your family have a first aid kit? If not, you can either buy a kit already equipped for home use or take a little time to put one together. Here are some items you will need:

  • Bandages of different sizes, including triangular
  • Tape, preferably adhesive
  • Alcohol wipes (which you can buy by the box)
  • Antibiotic ointment or creams (Neosporin)
  • Disposable Ice Packs
  • Disposal latex gloves
  • Gauze pads of various sizes (including a roll of self-adhesive gauze)
  • Tylenol, Advil and Aspirin
  • Ipecac
  • Antihistamine
  • Epinephrine
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins

While you may have most of these supplies in your medicine cabinet, it is a safety measure to be able to access these items if they were in one container. If there was an emergency, such as the recent rash of snowstorms and hurricanes in the U.S., this would be the first item you would need to grab as you exit your home. Perhaps your child fell off his bike and is badly hurt, having this kit immediately available can same him a great deal of pain until you rush him to a hospital or clinic.

You can also add to the kit any items you feel necessary. Maybe some things you didn’t have in the past when confronted with a home accident, sudden illness, or child injury. If your local community offers a one day course on first aid, which also includes CPR training, it would be a good idea for the entire family to participate. When faced with any life threatening situation at home, at least you will be prepared and have whatever you need to assist your loved ones.

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