Checklist: First-aid kit necessities

By Drum Digital
28 April 2014

When your child falls or accidently burns himself, do you have the right medical supplies to help treat his injuries? Take precautionary measures by having a fully stocked medical aid kit – it’ll come in handy when your family is sick or sore.

Make sure your first aid box or container is clean and waterproof, and that you have the following basic items stocked:

  •  Sterile bandages
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers -- A pair of tweezers can be used to remove thorns (or other sharp objects such as a bee’s sting) from the skin.
  • Two pairs of surgical gloves
  • Eye drops
  • Creams for burns -- Small burns can usually be treated with first aid and don’t require medical treatment. Second- and third degree burns, however, need a doctor’s attention.
  • Plasters in various sizes
  • Thermometer
  • Antiseptic cream to prevent infection
  • Sterile cotton wool -- Used to clean cuts or grazes with an antiseptic.

Keep the following medication in your kit:

  • Medication to reduce temperature.
  • Prescribed medication such as asthma pumps.
  • Painkillers.
  • Antihistamine for allergic reactions.
  • Stomach medication -- a laxative for constipation or a remedy for diarrhoea.

TIPS:

  • Check your first-aid kit regularly to make sure everything you need is there – you might have run out of a particular item. Also make sure the medicines haven’t expired.
  • Write down the date you last checked the expiry dates and the contents. Place this information inside the kit.

- Rikus van Rooy

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