Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in the home AND in the car.

Both kits should have an ‘over’ supply of “character or simply bright coloured” waterproof Band-Aids in there, they’re great distraction therapy and will have the child focusing on something other than the injury.

In the kits have a list of emergency numbers and any allergies/ medical conditions your family has. If possible laminate the sheet so it’s reasonably waterproof.

Nappy bags are an extra must have in first aid kits, for any rubbish removal and for when people are feeling like they may throw-up.

Large burn sheets and dressings are a must, though if you or the person you’re treating are burnt, instantly cool the burn with gently flowing cold water first for up to 20 minutes – of if it’s a child, for a long as is possible. And if required you will need to cover and protect the burnt area with this non- stick dressing.

If in doubt call an ambulance ‘000’ or 112 on a mobile phone.

Ice packs are a great must have and ‘no’ you don’t require a freezer to use them. Chemical ice packs are great to use on the go and important for many bumps, bites and little accidents kids have (BUT don’t forget to wrap the ice pack first to protect the skin, use a sock if you need to if no other material is available!)

Tweezers and a splinter kit are also very helpful for minor stings and injuries that kids seem to have while playing outdoors.

A red coloured bandage or clean red cloth to help control any major blood loss is important to overcome the tears associated with some nasty falls.

Finally, it’s never too early to teach the kids how to ring “000” – start from an early age and have them recite their address too, many children can be very helpful in time of need.

 

  • You never know when you a first aid kit,always best to have one on hand.

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  • My first aid kit needs updating. Currently only have a mini transportable one

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  • Hubby and I have done quite a bit of travelling and always make sure to include items like stingoes for bites and antiseptic cream. I find its freat for general little ouchies my son gets that even if they dont need medical attention, he feels better just because I have given him medicine

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  • I always use dark coloured face washers for any incident with blood so the kids don’t see the blood and panic/get more upset. The red bandage idea is a good idea too,

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  • A great reminder my kit in the car is horribly depleted, time for a restock.

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  • We need to update our kit now that our little one is walking!

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  • Now this is a handy article for people if all ages. We all need to have an idea of what’s needed in a first aid kit

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  • With 3 boys we have a well stocked first aid kit and had many hospital trips!

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  • The red coloured bandage idea is very different and such a good idea!


    • I am wondering if it would make it harder to see exactly how much blood loss there is

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  • I really need to clean out and update my first aid kit.

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  • I also recommend wrapped long-life sugar free lollies to keep in there as a distraction too! ;)

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  • Thanks for the inspiration to go through the kits and update them!

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  • Thanks for sharing this very important article and information with good tips. In particular the tip on character/fun band aids as adults like them too and they do distract adults and children!

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  • We have a wall mounted one in the home, both cars have one and a pocket one in my handbag too.

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  • St Johns Ambulance have fantastic first aid kits. I strongly suggest you have a thermometer. If one of you have a high temperature you can give an appropriate medication to help lower it as soon as possible until the patient can have a cool bath or shower to further assist with the problem. It is also advisable to have a pair of sterilised scissors in casr you need to remove clothing in an emergency without moving or handling the patient more than necessary, especially if you need to apply a bandage directly onto an injury especially to control bleeding to hold a splint in position.


    • Are splints of any kind included in a first aid kit? What clean object is best to store in case it is needed?

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