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What you Need for a Good Home First Aid Kit

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All homes need a well- stocked first aid kit, so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries. Keeping all the emergency supplies together is a much better plan than running around for a plaster or some disinfectant when one of the kids scrapes a knee.

Make your Own First Aid Kit

There are pre-packed kits on the market, but you can assemble your own one, tailored to your needs. At Household Plastic we have large (R159.00) and small (R99.00) size first aid boxes with an insert to keep the box sorted and tidy.

Remember, your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Make sure babysitters and other caregivers know where the kit is and how to use it.

It saves time and stress to have the right supplies ahead of time so that you can handle an emergency at a moment’s notice.

When you have active kids, it is also a good idea to keep a small first aid kit in your car.

Contents of a First Aid Kit

So whether you’re buying one and enhancing it, or building your own from scratch, here’s a list of basic supplies your kit should contain.

A well-stocked kit will contain some basic medicines and as well as medical equipment. Don’t forget to replace what you have used and to check your kit from time to time to make sure nothing has expired.

You can keep a list of emergency numbers and a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with or near your kit.

Medicines to Consider Including in your Kit

  • Sore throat soothers
  • Painkillers and fever-reducing medicine like paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin. (It important to know if anybody has allergies before giving medication). Also remember, aspirin can make bleeding worse.
  • Oral rehydration sachets containing electrolytes
  • Antacids for indigestion
  • Medicine for the relief of nausea and vomiting as well as medicine for an upset stomach to stop diarrhoea and cramps
  • A laxative for constipation
  • Antihistamine tablets to relieve allergies and a topical cream for insect bites and stings
  •  Saline eye drops for dry or itchy eyes

Plasters, Bandages and other Medical Equipment

  • Equipment to consider including in your kit
  • Thermometer
  • Plasters of different sizes
  • Antiseptic ointment for minor cuts and abrasions
  • Disinfectant
  •  Bandages and gauze
  •  A topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory gel, cream or spray
  •  Products for burn care
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Medical Tape
  • Safety Pins
  • Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • Eye wash and eye bath

Keep a Stocked Kit Close by

A well-stocked first-aid kit is a must for every home. Having the right supplies ahead of time will help you handle an emergency at a moment’s notice. Keep a first-aid kit in your home and one in each car. Also be sure to bring a first-aid kit on family holidays.

Although first aid kits are not there for life of death situation, you will be able to patch up scrapes, wash out sore eyes, bandage sprains and sooth minor burns. First aid kits are designed to manage all types of minor upsets and injuries including basic cuts, scrapes and burns. Save yourself money and keep a stocked first aid kit close by.

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