12 April 2014

Still sorting out our new house and today it the first aid kit.  I looked up 'what to put in a home first aid kit' and found this answer under NHS Choices (http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/990.aspx?CategoryID=72&SubCategoryID=725):
10 things that should be in your first-aid kit
A basic first aid kit may contain:
  • plasters, in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • at least two sterile eye dressings
  • triangular bandages
  • crêpe rolled bandages
  • safety pins
  • disposable sterile gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • sticky tape
  • thermometer, preferably digital
  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • antiseptic cream
  • painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine tablets
  • distilled water, for cleaning wounds and as an eye bath

  • We've always kept our first aid and medicines in our bedroom but, on reflection, what would happen if a visitor or house guest wanted access to first aid?  So now I've put it in the enormous bathroom cabinet (which would otherwise be empty as all our stuff is in the en suite to our bedroom).  
    Having said that, many people say that more accidents happen in the kitchen than the bathroom, so that's the best place to keep the first aid kit ...
    Here's another site (http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Home-First-Aid-Kit). It recommends having a container with two compartments: one for general first aid stuff and one for medicines for the family itself. 
    On other sites suggestions have also included:
    • torch
    • cool pad (or could use a bag of frozen peas)
    • burn cream (10 mins in cold water works wonders too)

    For children see: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/firstaid_kit.html 
    and for babies: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a762/first-aid-kit-shopping-list

    Finally, here's a useful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhab4Gp-hq4

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