One fine day I was busy with my usual house and toddler related chores. There was so much going on in my mind regarding different tasks and how to manage my time effectively. My thoughts were disturbed by my toddler’s screams and cries. After quickly running to her (she was in the bedroom while I was in the kitchen) I discovered she had tripped and scraped her knee. After soothing and calming her down, I decided to apply an ointment and a band-aid.
So then began the treasure hunt. I knew I had band-aids lying around somewhere because I was the one who put them away in a ‘safe place’ in case of an emergency.
Now my overworked mommy brain just couldn’t remember where.
Thankfully my hubby was home and he rushed to the market to fetch some. Although this incident wasn’t ‘big’, it did make me ponder why I didn’t have a first aid kit at hand.
I’m sure many of you are on the same boat as I was, so let me guide you as to how you can put together your own first aid kit at home.
NOTE TO REMEMBER:
Storage is super important: while choosing the container for storing your items, make sure it is roomy, sturdy and has handles so you can easily lift it. Plastic containers or boxes work best as they are waterproof as well.
WHAT YOU SHOULD INCLUDE:
- Antiseptic cream
- Plasters in different shapes and sizes
- Sterile gauze dressings in all sizes
- Crepe rolled bandages
- Triangle bandages
- Sterile disposable gloves
- Painkillers for both adults and children
- Antiseptic wipes
- Safety pins
- List of numbers you can call in case of an emergency
- Alcohol swabs
- A spray or lotion for skin rash and insect bites
- A cream for burns
- Anti-allergy medicines for both adults and children
Along with these items, you can also place a first aid manual or instruction guide in your kit. Make sure you go through this manual along with your kids so they can help you in case you are the one who needs help.
You should place this kit in a cool, dry and easily accessible place. Make sure you keep a check on the medicines and regularly replace them before their expiry date.
You can also keep a first aid kit consisting of these items in your car
Having kids makes you even more prone to having accidents and injuries at home. Have you ever been in a situation where either you or a family member has been hurt and requires medical attention? Did you have a first aid kit available or were you running around here and there looking for medicines, band-aids, etc? Do let us know in the comments if you found this article helpful.