Be Prepared: Home First Aid Kit Essentials

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
Protect yourself and your family from injury by understanding how to prevent accidents in your home and be prepared by creating a home first aid kit. Creating a home first aid kit is very important and easy. You can either make the items in the kit, or find them at any pharmacy and most supermarkets. (The text in this photo gallery originally appeared on HealthiNation.com and was last reviewed on 1/6/11. For the full article, visit http://www.healthination.com/topic-center/index.php?t=first_aid_home.) (Photo credit: Thinkstock)
Emergency Numbers List
Emergency Numbers List
These should include your doctor, local ambulance, fire department and poison control center. It’s also a good idea to have numbers for your pharmacy, and a person who will act as your emergency contact. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen & Aspirin Tablets
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen & Aspirin Tablets
These are used for fevers, aches and pains. In some cases, aspirin should be taken during a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about whether this is something you need to think about. One important point-aspirin should not be given to children with flu symptoms, as they can develop Reye’s Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Cough Suppressant
Cough Suppressant
Keep cough suppressants around for unexpected coughs, and colds. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Antihistamines & Decongestants
Antihistamines & Decongestants
These agents are useful for treating symptoms of allergies, especially stuffy noses. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Thermometer
Thermometer
Keep this to check for fever. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Oral Medicine Syringes
Oral Medicine Syringes
These are used to give children oral medications, like cough syrup or antibiotics. You can also use these to flush and clean cuts and wounds. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Emergency Eye Wash Solution
Emergency Eye Wash Solution
Use this solution to wash out debris, or chemicals from the eyes. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Bandages
Bandages
Have on hand bandages of different sizes and shapes for cuts and scrapes. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Elastic Wraps
Elastic Wraps
You’ll need these for sprains from a twisted ankle or wrist. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Gauze & Adhesive Tapes
Gauze & Adhesive Tapes
Use these to dress larger cuts when other bandages won’t do. Gauze also acts as a good compress to help stop a bleeding cut. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Sharp Scissors With Rounded Tips
Sharp Scissors With Rounded Tips
These will help you remove bandages, or clothing from the skin without cutting or damaging the skin even further. Hydrogen Peroxide and Antiseptic Wipes. These are both good for cleaning scrapes and cuts. Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Instant-Activating Cold Packs
Instant-Activating Cold Packs
For sprains, bumps and bruises. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
Tweezers
Tweezers
Use these to pull splinters or clean cuts and scrapes. Be sure to keep your emergency first aid kit away from children since it contains sharp objects and medications. (photo credit: Thinkstock)
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