Having my home first aid kit stocked up and to hand just when I need it is very important to me, because as a Registered Nurse I know this could make a real difference in an emergency. The other day I was having a tidy out of my not very practical and too small first aid plastic box and it dawned on me that I really needed to make my kit more up to date in readiness for the Winter months ahead.
My first task was to take stock of what I already had. I actually had lots of things already, but sadly many of them were out of date. So do make sure you regularly check all the expiry dates of your medicines and dressings.
So after disposing of some of the items, I had to decide where I was going to keep every thing? My bathroom cabinet is already packed with all sorts of cosmetics, so that isn’t the idea place. So I had a look on Amazon and found an excellent metal box storage box which is lockable and come with a detachable strap, RRP:£21.99. The great thing about it is that you can stand all your bottles in the bottom section, then you can have your smaller items like scissors and twitters in the top removable section.
So how do you know what to keep in your box? There is plenty of advice available on NHS Choices. Or you can buy kits via organisations such as St John Ambulance , which of course will work out more expensive then just putting together your own kit like I have.
Dressings and other kit
- Assorted kids plaster – by Ouch! Little Monkeys (I love the reusable tin they come in)
- Cotton crepe bandage – very useful for bandaging a wound that is bleeding or to put over a dressing
- Triangular bandage – to put an arm in a sling
- Variety of sterile non-adherent dressings
- Blister dressings
- Waterproof film dressings
- Dressing scissors
- Wound cleansing wipes – for use on cuts & grazes (no sting)
- Micropor tape
- Tubular bandage
- Sterile Saline
- Thermometer under tongue – for adults
- Thermometer tympanic (ear) – for children
- Disposable gloves
Over the counter Medicines
- Infant Paracetamol suspension for babies & children 2 months – 6 years
- Infant Ibuprofen suspension for babies & children 3 months – 12 years
- Infant Cough Syrup, contains Glycerol & can relieve tickly coughs from 3 months
- Vapour Rub – I like Snuffle Babe, but lots of the market contains Eucalyptus oil, Menthol & Thyme Oil
- Hydrocortisone Cream 1% – reduces inflammation, relieves irritation & itching from bites or stings
- Potassium Citrate Mixture – can relieve symptoms of cystitis
- Optrex multi action eye wash with eye bath
- Allergy & hayfever relief – Cetirizine Hydrochloride 10mg
- Gaviscon for the relief of heartburn & indigestion
- Ranitidine 75mg for the relief of heartburn & indigestion
- Ibuprofen 200mg tablets
- Paracetamol 500mg tablets
- Adult chesty cough syrup contains Guaifenesin (I don’t bother with expensive brands of cough medicine generally as if you read the label they all contain the same base ingredients. Just make sure you look for non-drowsy if that is what you need)
- Rehydration Treatment – replaces lost fluid following acute diarrhoea
Always read the labels and instructions carefully to ensure correct doses and do not exceed the maximum dose within a 24 hours period.
If you or your child continue to experience symptoms or you have concerns you should always contact your Local GP Surgery or seek advice from your Pharmacist. Who as I have found in the past can be a wealth of knowledge and can save you a trip to your GP surgery.
What do you keep in your home first aid kit? Share your essential items with me.