Every home should have a first aid kit in some form, whether it’s a full ready-made kit purchased from a first aid supplier or a plastic container filled with individual items bought at the chemist or supermarket.
Ideally, you would have a fully stocked kit in an easy to reach spot at home, and a secondary smaller kit that you might take with you in the car, pram or bag on outings or holidays. Make sure that your first aid kit is easily accessible and replacing items as they get used.
Consider enrolling in a first aid course. Keep a first aid book near your kit and re-read it occasionally as a reminder of what you’ve learned in first aid courses and so that you know where information can be found if you need to refer to it quickly. Keep a resuscitation chart visible in a handy location or high risk areas such as near pools.
Check that portable home phones and mobiles are charged and working with sufficient credit to make calls.
Keep emergency numbers on hand and programmed into phones.
Have a home safety checklist as a reminder for yourself as well as carers/babysitters in your absence.
The following are some very basic items to keep in your kit. Most of these will come in some form in ready-made kits or you can discuss with your pharmacist the idea items for you and anything else you should add.
- Band Aids / plasters in various sizes
- Bandages – crepe – thin & wide
- Bandages – triangular for sling
- Cotton wool and buds
- Digital thermometer
- Disposable gloves
- Heat packs
- Ice pack in freezer
- Lotions for bites and stings
- Medicine measuring cup / spoon / syringe
- Medicines for fevers and illness
- Small scissors
- Sterile gauze