Essentials of a Well-Stocked Home First Aid Kit

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Are you ready for an emergency with a well-stocked home first aid kit?

 

No one likes to prepare ahead for accidents, cuts, burns, but they can happen at home regardless of how careful that you may be.  Instead of running around trying to grab what you need to address the wound, it simplifies life by keeping a well-stocked home first aid kit handy.

If you’re going to build your own well-stocked home first aid kit, you should include the following:

1.  sterile gauze dressings (large, medium and small sizes) or large size with a pair of scissors to cut them to size

2.  a digital thermometer

3.  antiseptic (hydrogen peroxide or alcohol)

4.  antibiotic cream

5.  safety pins

6.  tweezers

7.  alcohol-free cleansing wipes or baby wipes

8.  antiseptic cream

9.  bandages of various sizes, including triangular shapes

10.  pain relievers

11.  hydrocortisone cream for rashes

12.  cloth tape or waterproof sticky tape for securing your gauze dressing

13.  paper tape (won’t stick to delicate wounds)

14.   eye wash and cup

15.   lubricant eye drops

16.   A gallon of distilled water in case of an emergency

17.   a hand towel (to create a sterile place for the supplies that you are using while tending to the injury)

18.  info cards (list your insurance, medications, allergies, health conditions, birthdays of everyone, physician phone number for each family member and store in a zip-lock storage bag inside your kit).

19.  a small package of treats (This can help calm a small, crying child while you are doctoring the injury).

20.  a package of antihistamines

21.  a tube of aloe vera gel for burns

 

You’re probably wondering why you want both an antibiotic cream and antiseptic cream in your supplies.  An antiseptic cream kills things like bacteria and fungi that you can come in contact with when hurt.  However, you shouldn’t use this on a fresh burn.  The only time that you should apply an antibiotic cream to a burn is later after it blisters and opens.

Hydrogen peroxide kills more bacteria than alcohol, but it also stings more when you have a significant wound.  Soap and water can help in a gentler fashion to fight bacteria in that case.

It is always good to be prepared; however, I sincerely hope that you never need to pull out your well-stocked home first aid kit.

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