Your basic first aid kit
This information has been taken from NHS Choices.
It’s important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home to deal with minor accidents and injuries. Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children.
Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.
A basic first aid kit may contain:
- plasters, in a variety of different sizes and shapes
- small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- at least two sterile eye dressings
- triangular bandages
- crêpe rolled bandages
- safety pins
- disposable sterile gloves
- alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- sticky tape
- thermometer, preferably digital
- skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone or calendula
- cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
- antiseptic cream
- painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
- cough medicine
- antihistamine tablets
- distilled water, for cleaning wounds and as an eye bath
It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit. Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure that they are within their use-by dates.