What Needs To Be In Your Home’s First Aid Kit
Since 2020 many people have become more interested in the best ways to keep their families safe, and when it comes to looking after children at home, every household should have a medical kit to hand.
This will ensure that if an injury occurs in the home, you have direct access to a kit that is full of all the necessary bits and pieces you will need to treat the injury quickly and effectively.
There are many medical kits available online to purchase, but you know your kids better than anyone and will likely have an idea of the most common injuries that they will suffer from. So, in this sense, it can be worth buying a basic kit and then adding to it, so you can always be ready when your kids come in from the yard with a cut knee or a wasp sting.
But what exactly should your home’s health kits contain? Read on to find out.
The first aid kits should contain about 100 pieces, and it would be very hard to list all of them here as this is a short article!
But generally speaking, you will need to have a standard kit that contains sterile dressings of different sizes, bandages, safety pins, sterile dressings for the eyes, and cleansing wipes. Also, don’t forget the plasters.
As well as this, there will need to be adhesive tape, nitrile gloves, finger dressings, scissors, disposable wipes and, in cases of more serious issues, there should also be foil blankets and hydrogel burn dressings.
You want to keep your children happy and healthy, but following the pandemic of 2020, even first aid can feel a bit like navigating a minefield.
However, a simple point to remember is that whenever you or anyone else in your home is helping a child with a first aid level injury, they should always wear disposable gloves. These are part of the kit, but it is well worth having more to hand, especially if you have young children who are prone to getting cuts and bruises.
Before and after putting the gloves on or handling bandages, you should wash your hands. This will prevent the transferring of bacteria and germs into a potentially open injury, which can lead to an infection. If you have a nanny or babysitter who looks after your children, you will need to have a frank talk about how you want hygiene procedures to be carried out in your home should your children become injured under their care.
Where Should The Kits Be Placed?
As stated earlier, these kits should be placed somewhere where they can be easily accessed, such as in a bathroom or in a kitchen. If you have a car, there should also be a kit in there too. This will make them easy to grab as and when you need to. Try to ensure that they are always in the same place in the home so in an emergency, you will know immediately where to look. This is also useful if you have older children, as you can show them where the kits will be should they be babysitting and an injury occur.