How to make a First Aid kit

Summer time is wonderful fun, but it is also a season for various injuries. A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common emergencies. Store your kit someplace easy to access and out of the reach of young children. Make sure children who are old enough to understand the purpose of the kit also know where it is stored. First Aide Kit You can buy first-aid kits at many drugstores or assemble your own, which is often less expensive. You may want to tailor your kit based on your activities and needs. A basic first-aid kit includes: Basic supplies

  •     Adhesive tape
  •     Elastic wrap bandages
  •     Sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  •     Cold pack (kept in refrigerator)
  •     Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs kept in clean zip-lock bags
  •     Disposable gloves, several pairs
  •     Scissors
  •     Soap or hand sanitizer
  •     Antibiotic ointment
  •     Antiseptic solution : Betadine/Povidine
  •     Normal saline solution (NSS for eye rinsing, nasal irrigation or wound cleaning)
  •     Thermometer

Medications

  •     Aloe vera gel
  •     Calamine lotion
  •     Oral rehydrating solution (ORS)
  •     Fever relievers, such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol,  Sara, Tempra), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Note : check with your Pediatrician for an update on dosage of oral medicines every 6 months
  •     Personal medications that don’t need refrigeration
  •     Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor

Emergency items

  • Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and Pediatrician
  • Medical history forms for each family member
  • Small flashlight

Check your first-aid kits regularly to be sure the flashlight batteries work and to replace supplies that have expired or been used up. And finally but importantly, consider taking a first-aid and CPR course!

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