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What's in your first aid kit?

(10 Posts)
Blankiefan Sat 13-Dec-14 10:46:18

DD is 14mo and has eczema so we have the usual baby stuff (calpol, nurofen, snuffle baby, etc) and some eczema stuff (prescribed creams, non adhesive dressings and tapes, pirotin).

She's on her feet and running around and twice in last 24 h has fallen and her already eczema grazed chin has bled. I cleaned it with cotton wool and water and left it to scab over (lovely!)

I don't know if this was the right thing to do. We don't have anti sceptic - should we? What else do we need?

TimelyNameChangey Sat 13-Dec-14 11:28:28

The only time I use antiseptic is if they've fallen somewhere manky. In the house I usually assume their own antibodies will deal with things.

I have antiseptic cream in my first aid kit plus plasters and some painkillers but that's all.

Willdoitinaminute Tue 16-Dec-14 20:54:48

Warm salt water is a very effective antiseptic. It can be used on cuts ,as an eyewash and a mouthwash. It's very cheap and not likely to cause allergy.
I usually keep some steri strips in our first aid box for small cuts and a tube of arnica cream for bruises.
Olbas oil is good for colds and of course Calpol and Ibuprofen.

nilbyname Tue 16-Dec-14 21:02:07

Arnica cream
Saavlon
Plasters
Digital thermometer
Vicks
Antiseptic wipers
Little scissors
Tweezers

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 16-Dec-14 21:04:48

Saline water is great, just add salt to boiled water and leave to cool. We have antiseptic spray but don't often use it.

I bought steristrips online after I fell running and had an elbow injury that would have benefitted from some. We haven't used them yet but they are good to have.

Most useful are dressings in various sizes and plasters plus pain relief. We learned last year that's we need liquid antihistamine when out and about. Ds2 got bitten by horsefly when we were out walking and we had to turn tail to get him some medicine.

namelessposter Tue 16-Dec-14 21:10:35

Seriously? A full portable first aid kit from St Johns Ambulance, cost about £45. If that's what's needed for reasonable background safely for a couple of relative strangers in the office with me, it's the least back-up I need to keep my kids alive. All babysitters are shown where it is. Plus dull over the counter pharmaceuticals for regular maladies.

namelessposter Tue 16-Dec-14 21:11:10

Seriously? A full portable first aid kit from St Johns Ambulance, cost about £45. If that's what's needed for reasonable background safely for a couple of relative strangers in the office with me, it's the least back-up I need to keep my kids alive. All babysitters are shown where it is. Plus dull over the counter pharmaceuticals for regular maladies.

Singleandproud Tue 16-Dec-14 21:30:54

Ditto for a St Johns Kit my family one cost £8 and has everything you are likely to need and is small enough to fit in my bag for trips to the park/ beach.

The only thing I have had to add to this is refill of plasters, antiseptic wipes, a tick/sting remover and a foil blanket, some sachet calpol and paracetamol for me.

Also if you are unsure how best to treat a graze I recommend you go on a first aid course, some areas offer parents with young children a baby and toddler one for free.

bigbluestars Tue 16-Dec-14 21:38:57

Tweezers
band aid
micropore tape
antiseptic cream and wipes
diarrhea tablets
bonjela
anti histamines
magnesium sulphate paste
small bandages
thermometer
Acriflex cream
steri strips
vick
melatonin dressings
cystocalm
lem sip
Tyrozets
safety pins
sterlile latex gloves
paracetamol
ibuprofen

joanna120387 Tue 16-Dec-14 22:34:57

This is ours and it worked so far smile

Tweezers and little scissors
Band aid
Antiseptic gauze and tape
Bandage
Antibiotic powder and cream
Antiseptic spray
Cough syrup
Paracetamol
Nobu aspirator
Thermometer
Ibuprofen

The grown-ups first aid also has diarrhea tablets, anti-histamin ointment, Lemsip, Solpadeine... I think that's it.

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