The following items are recommended for a first aid kit.
1. Dressings (to cover wound)
- Packet of assorted adhesive plasters.
- Box of 5 x 5 cm sterile gauze pads.
2. Bandages (to hold dressings in place)
- Roll of adhesive dressing tape.
- Roll of elastic bandage.
- Roll of 2.5 cm wide gauze bandage
3. Medicines for external use:
- Anti-itch cream/lotion (e.g. calamine lotion)
- Antiseptic wash/cream/lotion (to prevent infection of cuts/grazes)
- Alcohol swabs
- Normal Saline eye solution (for flushing foreign body in eye)
- Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
4. Medicines for internal use:
- Antacid (to relieve indigestion)
- Anti-diarrhoea medicine (probiotic, charcoal for adults)
- Cough and cold medicine (either from your doctor or over-the-counter
- Fever medicine/simple painkiller (paracetamol/ibuprofen)
- Throat lozenges
- Clinical thermometer
- Scissors (to be kept solely for first-aid use)
- Pointed tweezers (to remove splinters/stings)
- Roll of sterile cotton wool (to clean wounds)
- Store the first-aid kits in places that are out of children’s reach but easily accessible for adults.
- Check the kits regularly. Replace missing items or medicines that may have expired.
- Check the torchlight batteries to make sure they work.
⇒ Related Read: 8 Common Accidents In Children And How To Treat Them Properly
By Dr Wong Chin Khoon, Paediatrician, SBCC Baby & Child Clinic.
This article was first published in The New Age Parents online magazine.
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