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What to have in your first aid cabinet

First aid kits that contain a little more than a couple of adhesive bandages aren’t the best choice. Some of the basic things that you should have in a first aid kit are antiseptics, injury treatments, bandages and basic medical instruments.

Tips for Parent By Himanshu Sharma / Jan 12, 2015

Is your First Aid Kit Well-equipped?

First aid kit could save a life. It can also ease a person's discomfort if he is in pain. You should always have one at home, with you during your travels, and also in the car. The kits that contain little more than a couple of adhesive bandages aren’t the best choice. The basic things that you should have in a first-aid kit are antiseptics, injury treatments, bandages and basic medical instruments. Another thing that you need to ensure is that the kit is well-organised and the things in it are clearly labelled. You do not need to spend a fortune on buying a medical kit.

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Dressing, Bandages and Plasters

All the basic first-aid kits should be in a variety of different sizes and shapes of plasters. Sterile gauze dressings of small, medium and large sizes along with sterile eye dressings should be there in the kit. As far as bandages are concerned, keep triangular and cotton crepe (rolled) bandages in the kit.

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Antiseptics and Ointments

You carry a medical kit because a drug store may or may not be accessible. So, a first-aid kit should have ointments and medication for treating minor traumatic injuries such as burns, cuts, abrasions, splinters, sprains and strains. These items will help alleviate the common symptoms and prevent complications.

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Besides ointments and antiseptic creams, it may be necessary to administer medication when an emergency occurs. Pack prescription medicine and other important medication that may be needed (such as aspirin for pain and anti-diarrhoea medicine). You should also keep allergy medications that treat reactions to bites, stings or ingested food.

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Convenience Items

Besides medical items, your first-aid kit should also have convenience items. Put convenience items such as cough drops, lip balm, petroleum jelly, safety pins and an air sickness bag. A small assortment of sanitary products stored in a separate container can also come in handy.

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Hot/Cold Compresses

It would be better if you can carry hot/cold compress in your first aid kit. An instant heat or ice pack can be quite useful to treat aches and pains. These compresses immediately release temperatures when activated or popped to give quick relief.

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Medical Manual

A small first-aid manual should also be kept in the first aid kit. This manual has all the emergency phone numbers, including those of your family members and your health care provider. Moreover, the manual should also have all pertinent medical information for each family member, including medical history of allergies and special needs (if any).

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Water Bottle

You need water to clean wounds, scrapes and cuts. Store a small bottle of water for emergency along with your home first aid kit. When you have water in hand, severe medical emergencies such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke and other complications can be prevented.

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