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what do you put in a first aid kit?

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33k Tue 05-Aug-08 21:43:02

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blackcoffeenosugar Tue 05-Aug-08 21:50:29

Ice in the freezer.. for bumped mouths

ice packs

gauze pads

anti hestamine (sp?)

saftey pins... easier to pin sleves up than triangular bandage..

Califrau Tue 05-Aug-08 21:52:40

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Califrau Tue 05-Aug-08 21:53:10

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falcon Tue 05-Aug-08 21:55:36

A triangular bandage for a sling.

A roll of sterile gauze.

Safety pins.


Disposable sterile gloves.

Antiseptic hand wash.

Germolene or TCP.

A gel pack.

I'll think of a few other things.

saralou Tue 05-Aug-08 21:57:48

gauze, assortment of plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, tape, safety pins, scissors, sterile water, tweezers!

don't buy those ready made ones... they are a rip off!!!

33k Tue 05-Aug-08 22:00:51

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frasersmummy Tue 05-Aug-08 22:01:55

digital thermometer


Califrau Tue 05-Aug-08 22:03:52

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elmoandella Tue 05-Aug-08 22:04:40

burns stuff. there's a cream and a spray you get to stop blistering.

SorenLorensen Tue 05-Aug-08 22:05:31

Plasters, gauze, fabric tape, bandages (in all honesty, if they had an injury bad enough to require a bandage I'd take them to A&E but sometimes a bandage can stop the tears from a grazed knee better than anything grin) micropore tape, burn spray, Arnica, Savlon, the Germolene with a local anaesthetic in it (v. good for numbing the skin a bit when removing splinters), tweezers, that paint-on pretend skin stuff (don't use that on the kids though - it's stings), antibacterial spray, antihistamine, insect bite/sting pen...

Also have a Mr Bump gel pack in the freezer.

elmoandella Tue 05-Aug-08 22:05:34

straight jacket to pin them down while you use tweezers to remove splinters

Bowddee Tue 05-Aug-08 22:06:43

I also have squirty eye wash stuff in mine.

cat64 Tue 05-Aug-08 22:12:27

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TheQueenIsDead Tue 05-Aug-08 22:13:10

In ours we have:

Digital thermometer
Calpol and Ibuprofen syrup (plus the adult versions)
Bandage and pins
Antiseptic cream
Assorted miscellaneous items.

saralou Tue 05-Aug-08 22:17:18

i just upgraded to a plastic box... from my shoe box!

PavlovtheCat Tue 05-Aug-08 22:17:27

arnica cream - a godsend
plasters - different sizes, some waterproof, some without the padding.
Calpol for head bumps
paracetamol/ibruprofen - for us adults
Cotton wool
antibacterial handgel

TinkerBellesMum Tue 05-Aug-08 22:27:24

Anything metal (tweezers, pins, thermometer, scissors) shouldn't be kept in a first aid box, it should be in a separate container, even just kept next to it is fine. Medications should also be kept separate. Roll plasters aren't sterile and water proof plasters aren't good for the wound.

Mepore and Melolin pads I don't think anyone said.

Can I suggest you have a look at websites like St John Supplies or SP Supplies and see what they put into their kits. They do kits for every size - handbag (used to be able to get bumbags, don't know if they still do them), glove box, family, sport, different office sizes, duty kits etc.

Actually, while I wouldn't get a kit from a shop, I would be happier about buying one from St John Supplies or SP Supplies because they're not so marked up.

PavlovtheCat Tue 05-Aug-08 22:28:56

Why is that Tinerbellesmum?

DontNeedAnything Tue 05-Aug-08 22:31:47

I have 2 (kind of) home first aid kits. In them I have

In a sweet tin type tin (which is more my medicine box:
Adult medicines inc:
throat sweets
beechams powders

Adult/child medicines
verucca seal & heal
blue inhaler & spacer (v rarely used)

Child medicines
calpol 6+
calpol melts
nurofen for kids
chesty cough medicine
piriton (past expiry date blush
about 3ml of tickly cough medicine (past use by date blush)
list of doage instructions

"First aid stuff"
Dettol wound cleansing spray stuff
underarm thermometervarious plasters (mostly odd shapes/too small/too big as the useful ones have been used)
micropor tape
nail file
lighter (just so we know where it is for candles in power cut)

In my proper (shop assembled; 5yo; probably out of date first aid kit in a proper green box I have - according to contents list on back:

Pair of sharp scissors (well they look blunt actually - but never tried them
Assorted plasters (all been used; now in my other tin
Cleansing tissues

Traingular bandange
3 small wound dressings
1 medium wound dressing
1 large wound dressing
Micropourous tape (which is about 0.5cm wide so useless really)
4 burn pads (2 sizes)
1 crepe bandage
2 pairs of vinyl gloves
6 safety pins (actually I think these have found their way into my sewing box)
1 burn aid dressing
1 leaflet
1 wall fixing kit

And I have just checked and that lot went out of date Feb 2006 blush

Actually on a serious point; don' buy unnecessary creams and lotions and potions as you can see some of them go out of date before you use them blush

PavlovtheCat Tue 05-Aug-08 22:34:24

Arnica. If you can only have one thing, it has to be arnica at this age.

DD aged 2 has had this used on her tons this year, more than anything else I would say, and works a treat!

TinkerBellesMum Tue 05-Aug-08 22:40:22

Which bit?

DontNeedAnything Tue 05-Aug-08 22:42:52

well I would like to why not to keep metal in the first aid box...

TinkerBellesMum Tue 05-Aug-08 22:46:53

Cross contamination. When you put something metal in either new or that you've used you introduce bugs into your kit. They can only be sterilised before use because they quickly become unsterile.

Hope that makes sense, I'm tired and it's been a long time since I did kit make up.

DontNeedAnything Tue 05-Aug-08 22:51:07

Thats a fair point....but when everyting else is sterile wrapped or got their own lids on surely it is not a problem?

My scissors are unused; I spray my tweezers with anti-bac after they have been used for anything medical or "unclean"

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