Accidents happen. This is a fact of life. You may think that you are safe at home, but did you know that over 1 million children under the age of 15 have accidents at home? Then there are accidents that happen when outdoors, in the car or when you are on holiday.
Having a First Aid Kit available at all times is essential for all sorts of incidents, especially to prevent infection, stop bleeding or treat burns. Even a small graze or cut on the knee needs to be treated immediately to prevent infection and to ease the pain. There is nothing like a loving Mom to stick a smiley plaster on their child to take the pain away! There is a lot you can do to make sure your house is safe, such as checking faulty electric wiring, locking poisons away and ensuring there are no sharp objects around the house that can cause injury. As we know prevention is better than cure, but it is still important to have a First Aid Kit for those unforeseen circumstances.
Having the essentials in a First Aid Kit means you don’t have to rush to the doctor and pay exorbitant prices if the injury is not serious. Many injuries can effectively be treated with what you have in your First Aid Kit, not to mention the fact that injuries need to be treated immediately so getting into the car and going to the doctor can waste valuable time in helping to prevent complications. Let’s have a look at a few examples of incidents that can happen at home and how immediate attention with a First Aid Kit can help:
- Burns/scalds: sterile gauze bandage, ibuprofen
- Cuts/grazes: antiseptic cream, plasters
- Ingesting chemicals: charcoal tablets
- Fever: cold compress, ibuprofen/aspirin
- Headaches: aspirin, ibuprofen
- Insect bites: cold pack, calamine lotion, antihistamines
As mentioned, these are only a few injuries that could occur and already you can see the importance of having a well-stocked First Aid Kit.
We are heading into the holidays with Christmas on its way. Many people are already on holiday so that they can look after their children and enjoy the festive season. Children are excitable over this time and playing with their friends could be a dangerous time! On the other hand, children can become bored and find risky activities to partake in, such as building homemade bombs, starting fires, or playing with electrical equipment. It is hard to always keep an eye on your child, especially if you too want to relax. Have peace of mind by ensuring you have all you need in your First Aid Kit over this time. Another option is to take a First Aid Course. It will make you aware of the dangers that surround you and how to treat an incident if emergency medical assistance is not needed.
If you don’t wish to do a First Aid Course then educate yourself about what is needed in a First Aid Kit and how to use it to treat various injuries. There are many old wives’ tales that are passed on from generation to generation about how to treat injuries. There are a few remedies that can help, but there are many more that could severely harm someone. For instance, did you know that applying ice directly to the affected area will do more harm than good … the ice will stick to the burn and when you try to pull it off, it will cause severe pain and pull skin off of the affected area. Educating yourself and your family about how to use a First Aid Kit can prevent further harm or even save a life.
So what should you have in your First Aid Kit?
- Sterile bandages
- Burn gauze/gel
- Micropore adhesive tape
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aloe Vera lotion
- Antiseptic cream
- Calamine lotion (for inflammation)
- Hydrocortisone cream for itches
- Pain relievers (have a selection of pain relievers with aspirin, paracetamol, codeine)
- Anti-inflammatory tablets
- Anti-nausea tablets (e.g. Avomine)
- Treatment for constipation (e.g. Movicol)
- Treatment for diarrhoea (e.g. Imodium)
- Rehydration salts
- Disposable gloves
- Epipen (for people allergic to bee stings)
As you can see, there are many accidents that can happen and it is of utmost importance that you are prepared. Ensure your whole family knows where the kit is and take it with you in the car, or keep an extra one in the boot. Don’t leave it too late, keep your First Aid Kit well-stocked and don’t have any regrets, and know your Most important first aid tips!