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First Aid Kit - What You Need

Posted on February 5 2013 by Emergency Kits

The following are important items to have in your Family Health First Aid Kit:

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes - for simple cuts or abrasions

Butterfly bandages and narrow adhesive strips - to hold the edges of a cut together to allow it to heal

Individually wrapped, sterile gauze pads (2" and 4") - to control bleeding or secretions and prevent contamination

Hypoallergenic adhesive tape - to hold a dressing or splint in place

Roll of absorbent cotton - as padding for a splint

Sterile roller bandages (2" and 3"), at least 3 rolls - to lend support to sprained or sore muscles

Cotton-tipped swabs


Anti-itch lotion or cream - for relief of insect bites, itching and minor skin irritations

Eye drops

Syrup of ipecac - to induce vomiting only if instructed by a poison control center, emergency personnel or doctor; keep a one-ounce bottle on hand for each

child under age five

Antiseptic ointment, spray or towelettes - for cleansing wounds

Antibiotic ointment - to prevent infection of minor wounds

Bottled water - to rinse wounds or to drink

Face mask - to protect against smoke, dust or allergens

Latex gloves - for protection when providing emergency help to an injured individual

Clean towel - for a pillow or as a wrap for ice

Chemical ice packs

Emergency phone numbers - doctor, pharmacy, poison control, etc.

First aid handbook

It is also important to have some basic medicines on hand in your family's medicine cabinet. Remember to check the cabinet each year and dispose of

expired medicines.

Pain reliever - such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen or naproxen sodium - for relief of headaches, muscle aches and joint pain

Fever reducer, such as acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen

Decongestant and cough medicine

Stomach remedies - to prevent or treat indigestion, heartburn or upset stomach

Antihistamine - for allergic reactions and itching


Eye drops

When taking medicines, read the label...EVERY TIME. Always remember to check the proper dose of medicine, especially when dosing children. Pay special

attention to the usage directions and warnings. Don't buy or use any medicine from a package that shows cuts, tears, slices or other imperfections. Report

anything suspicious to the pharmacist or store manager. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other health care


The above information was provided, in part, with the kind permission of the Council on Family Health

First Aid Kit - What You Need
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