Every home needs a first aid kit! It’s a bit like insurance: you hope you’re not going to need it, but if you do, it’s essential to have it.
So, what should the ideal first aid kit contain? The following is a suggested list if you wish to make up your own kit:
- Sterilised cotton wool – 2 packets
- Assorted plasters
- Roll bandages – 2 rolls of 2 inch bandage, and 2 rolls of 4 inch bandage
- Sterilised dressings – 3
- Safety pins – 10
- Small scissors -1
- Antiseptic cream – 1 tube
- One pair wooden splints
- Betadine ointment and betadine lotion – small size
- Burnol ointment
- Waterproof medicated strips
- One triangular sling bandage
|Disprin||Headache, body ache||1 strip of tablets|
|Crocin (Paracetamol)||Fever||1 bottle of syrup, 1 strip of tablets|
|Colimex||Stomach ache||1 bottle of syrup|
|Electrol||Rehydration in case of diarrhoea and vomiting||5 pouches|
|Mucaine gel||Acidity||1 bottle of syrup|
|Ibuprofen||Fever and pain||1 strip of tablets|
|Imosec-F (loperamide and furazolidone combination)||Diarrhea||1 strip of tablets, 1 bottle of syrup|
Good first aid practice
- Always remember to keep your first aid kit well stocked and replace any used items as soon as you can.
- Regularly check the ‘use by’ dates for all your first aid items,
especially antiseptic creams and tablets.
- Purchase a comprehensive first aid book or CD-Rom.
- Always read the label on the bottle or the strip before taking the medicine.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Store in a safe dry place away from sunlight.