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A First Aid Kit Belongs In Every Home

Aug 17, 2007
The funny thing about emergencies is that you never know when they're going to strike. But, medical emergencies, at least minor ones, can be planned for. A good first aid kit that's well stocked can really help take the panic out of an emergency situation and help you and your loved ones get back to the business of living quick. Every home should have at least one well stocked kit to enable family members to handle minor situations that arise.

A first aid kit in a home should be put in a location that's agreed upon by everyone. If it contains items that might be dangerous for little people, keep the kit out of their reach. But, do make sure family members who can use and benefit from it know its whereabouts.

When stocking a first aid kit for a home, it's important to include basic items. The list includes:

* Band-Aids. You should have several sizes of bandages included in a good first aid kit. It's hard to tell when these will be needed and how large they need to be, so multiple choices help you cover your bets.

* Burn cream. Burns happen at home. There's no way around it. Whether it's from cooking or lighting a fire, they just happen. A good, medical grade burn cream included in a first aid kit can help take the sting out of the situation.

* Speaking of stings, bee stings, mosquito bites and other such insect run-ins can be real problems around the home. Inasmuch, a good kit should include anti-itch cream to help combat the effects of these critters.

* Peroxide. If a wound is present, it should be properly cleaned out. Peroxide is therefore a smart thing to include.

* Aspirin or baby fever reducer. If you don't think these things belong in a kit, trying being up at 3 in the morning with a little one who has a high fever. If the medicine is kept in the first aid kit, you always know where to find it.

* Cold compresses. Sprains, strains and so on can require fast treatment to help avoid swelling. These portable first aid kit created compresses are wonderful for getting the job done and they are easier to bring with you if an emergency room visit is in order.

* Butterfly bandages. These are vital to include. These close small wounds effectively until medical treatment can be sought out.

Depending on any special needs in your home, you might need to have other items in your first aid kit. A home with a diabetic, for example, might want a glucose shot for crash emergencies and one with a small child might require lotion for diaper rash and so on.

Store bought first aid kits are great, but the ones that really pay off are those that have enough room for you to add items you think are important. Medical needs in each home can differ, so first aid kits should not be one size fits all.
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