Do you have a home first aid kit? Anyone with a boisterous toddler will know the importance of stocking up on plasters and the like. Olivia was forever the clumsy child, however, we didn’t know back then she was actually almost blind in her left eye! Talk about mum guilt!
When The Unexpected Happens….
We’ve all heard the stories of the unexpected happening to people when they’ve just nipped out for an everyday errand. In a previous job, whilst being the most senior manager in the store, a lady had a seizure and collapsed onto the store shelving. We were fully trained in this situation and due to the nature of the incident we didn’t need to open our first aid box and the most we could do was to make her comfortable until the paramedics turn up.
Most major shopping centres are fully equipped with more than an alcohol wipe and plasters these days. The local centre I now work in has first aid trained security staff and a host of equipment, including multiple defibrillators, that could help save someone’s life should the need arise.
But what about at home, do you really need that level of equipment in a home first aid kit?
But would you know exactly what you need in a home first aid kit to make sure it is fully stocked?
Of course, there are basics to include. My ‘kit’ is a fully loaded box in a drawer in my kitchen. I have a whole range of items. They range from plasters, to paracetamol, Calpol (obvs), deep freeze gels, bandages, blisters plasters, Olbas oil…. the list goes on. Basically, if that box can’t cure you, you should see a doctor!
But you can never to be prepared with kids around can you? Better to be safe than sorry is something I heard a lot growing up. When you have kids that phrase takes on a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? It’s the worst feeling when you can’t help your child when they are in pain that’s why it makes sense to have a good well-stocked home first aid kit.
What To Stock in Your Home First Aid Kit.
- Medical Tape
- Paracetamol/Childrens Paracetamol
- Ibuprofen/Childrens Ibuprofen
- Cold Flu Remedies.
- Blister plasters
- Burns Dressings
- Alcohol Gel/wipes and/or alcohol-free versions
- Cooling Gel Pack
- Sterile Solution
- If required a refill pack for when you need to replace something
Home First Aid Kits are something you can put together or buy at specialist first aid suppliers to make sure you buy the right items. Whatever way you choose to do it, having a first aid kit is something we can all benefit from having around. You can even buy mini kits too. Take them out with you on a day out, to keep in the car or to throw in a suitcase when going on holiday.