First-Aid Kit

Regardless of how careful you and your child are, injuries are bound to occur now and then. When they do, it is good to be prepared with a well-stocked first-aid kit.

It is important to check your kit regularly to restock items that have been used and replace items that are out-of-date.

The contents of your kit will vary depending on the number of people in your family and the way you intend to use it. Suggested contents of a first-aid kit include the following:

Instruments
  • bulb syringe
  • scissors
  • thermometer (oral and rectal)
  • tweezers
Bandages
  • adhesive tape
  • butterfly bandages
  • cotton swabs
  • elastic bandages
  • hypoallergenic tape
  • sling (triangular shaped cloth)
  • sterile cotton balls
  • sterile eye patches
  • sterile gauze pads (4" x 4")
  • stretchable gauze roll
  • waterproof tape
Medications
  • acetaminophen
  • antacid
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antihistamine
  • calamine lotion
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • ibuprofen
  • glucose solution
  • medicine for diarrhea
Miscellaneous items
  • alcohol (70 percent rubbing)
  • alcohol wipes
  • blanket
  • candles
  • chemical ice packs or ice bag
  • chemical hot packs or hot water bottle
  • disposable latex gloves
  • face mask for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • first-aid book
  • flashlight
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • insect repellent
  • insect sting swabs
  • matches
  • measuring spoons
  • paper and pencil
  • paper cups
  • plastic bags
  • soap
  • safety pins
  • sewing needle
  • sunscreen
  • tissues
  • tongue blades

You can also use the following everyday items in the event of an emergency:

  • disposable or cloth diapers for compresses, bandages, or padding for splints
  • dish towels for bandages or slings
  • umbrella, rolled magazine, or layered newspaper for use as a splint

In addition, it is helpful to carry the following items in your car:

  • a large blanket
  • gallon-size bottle of water
  • flashlight and extra batteries

If your child or other family member has special medical needs, be sure to carry extra medical supplies when you go on an outing or trip. Some of these items might include the following:

  • an insect allergy kit containing medications to be used by persons allergic to insect stings
  • medications, syringes, and special equipment or supplies

Be sure any member of your family who has special needs wears a Medic Alert® bracelet or necklace at all times. Applications are available in most pharmacies.

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