Basic First Aid Kit!

First Aid Kit - A first Aid kit is an essential must in any home, especially where there are kids.
@jennybianca (12915)
Australia
May 23, 2007 11:10pm CST
Do you have a basic first aid kit set up at home? A good first aid kit is a must at home, especially if you have children. Having a few supplies can help you deal with minor scrapes bruises, & even more serious emergencies. Keep your first aid kit in a large plasticd containor that can be securely closed. Keep it well away from children; up high is best. WHAT TO INCLUDE *bandaids & bandages *antiseptic cream *saline *tweezers *scissors *emergency blanket *first aid manual *protection shield for CPR *plastic gloves *safety pins *sting & itch relief for bites & stings *eye pad *pain relief *emergency phone numbers *thermometer
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
24 May 07
Good reminder here. The only thing I don't have is a protection shield for CPR. I used to keep emergency instructions for warning signs of a heart attack taped to the indside of my medicine cabinet just in case. It probably wouldn't hurt to update this,and include signs of stroke. I'll have to find a better place to put them too, just in case. I always had small emergencies with the kids, but now they're grown up,it's just me and the old man.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
25 May 07
Thats a good idea to have taped up in a prominant place the instructions for CPR. My daughter, at age 13, nearly 14 did a basic first aid course, including CPR, & gas a certificate for three years.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
25 May 07
That's an excellent idea.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
24 May 07
We've had one at our house for a long time. My husband is very accident prone, we joked that the girls in the er would soon know him by name. lol. and now that we have kids we keep it on hand incase they get hurt. ofcourse in place of ugly brown bandaids we now have shrek and carebears :) but we have all the basics to take care of the family if they get hurt. And living diagonal from the firehall is good too ;)
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
25 May 07
My daughter is fond of the fancy bandaids too. Funny how a simple bandaid can fix a lot of problems on little kids. Good news living opposite a fire station. I was a firemans daughter for very many years, & even had to take fire calls.
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@jennawash (163)
• United States
24 May 07
We have a first aid kit at our home. We are foster parents so our house has to be equipped with things that you wouldn't even consider doing in everyday life. We have evacuation plans posted. We have to conduct fire drills each month. All of our medicines, even vitamins are kept in a locked box. We have fire extinguishers, rope ladders, anything you can imagine. When we were doing all of this for our inspection we thought it was crazy, then we realized, we're doing this for someone else's child why wouldn't we have done it for ours? And then it dawns on you that it boils down to the "won't happen to me" philosophy we all tend to live by.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
25 May 07
This is excellent. You have everything. Many of us in Australia tend to be more fire conscious than first aid. Many families have a fire plan.
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
24 May 07
We have a first aid kit in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and by our back door. There is a list of safety numbers by each telephone just in case our minds go blank. We also keep first aid kits in eahc of our vehicles because you don't know what kind of emergencey can happen when you are away from home. Like you I believe in being prepared for the worst.
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• Philippines
24 May 07
i have some but i dnt think you need that all at home. all u nid is the basic thinggs
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@GardenGerty (99477)
• United States
24 May 07
Good post, I think I have most of these things. I bought red plastic tool boxes to set mine up in. I have one upstairs and one down. Where I am lacking at this time is that I do not have kits in the cars. Hubby keeps cleaning them out, as they are not in the red boxes.I also include benadryl, as it addresses allergies. I like benadryl cream as well.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
24 May 07
Of yes, definantly. I think its a must especially when you have children. Great advice.
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@toe_ster (771)
• United States
24 May 07
This is a good reminder. I admit (shamefully) I have kids but we don't havea first aid kit on hand. the boys get too excited and get into them relentlessy. We gave up trying to replace them. BUt I am thinking about getting them a mini one or make one myself to put in their backpacks for school. Thanks for the good heads up
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• United States
24 May 07
I've kept a first aid kit since my girls were in Girl Scouts. We use it around the house and always take it camping. In addition to what you listed, I like to keep sunblock, a pack of tissues and hydrogen peroxide. And I keep a few rolls of gauze and a couple of rolls of adhesive tape just in case a band aid isn't big enough.
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• India
29 May 07
First Aid Box  - Box for first aid at home
Ya I do keep first aid box at home. It is useful for not only children but for adult as well as neighbours also. We can use it for anyone near to us. Time to time I also change its medicine etc as per expiry date. Sometime this first aid box saves the life of someone so it is very important thing for every family. But sad to say that at least 50% of the families do not keep this even after knowing its importance. Good topic started. Hope by this few of us will have first aid box at their home from today itself. We should understand that such things are helpful/useful for us first. With minor expenses we can have first aid box at home. Thank you once again.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
29 May 07
That is a good reminder, regarding the expiry date. People may be sensible enough to have a First Aid kit, but foget that medications do expire. Thanks.
• India
29 May 07
Yes Jenny, medicines with expiry date may be harmful also. So this is first thing to be checked before use.
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• United States
29 May 07
oh yea.I have a plastic first aid kit that I bought at walmart.It's got all kinds of stuff in it. I also bought two pet first aid kits,one for cats and one for birds
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
29 May 07
Thst is a GREAT idea. A first aid kit for cats & birds. Where do you buy them? I have never seen them for sale in south auatralia.
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
29 May 07
I do have a first aid kit, it's not quite as extensive as the list you've shown. I guess I need to add some things to mine. I don't have the saline, emergency blanket, eye pad or phone numbers. I always keep mine in the same place, so I'll know where it is at a moments notice. I also have a second one that I keep with our camping supplies. My husband thinks I'm too careful, but I always want to be prepared for any thing.
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@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
25 May 07
Yes, I've kept a basic first aid kit in my home ever since I started having kids. If you have little ones you will learn very soon that you need bandaids, anti-biotic cream, etc etc. Common sense tells you to do that.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
24 May 07
I do have some of this. I think that this is so important for all of us to do. We have dvds and all kinds of cds and games ect but we seem to put things like that on the later list when it should always come first.We should never take it for granted that we wont need this kit. great post by the way....