What to Include in Your First Aid Kit

Calling a doctor for a small light wound is impractical. Minor medical problems can be treated by anyone in the family without much medical intervention. That’s why it is advisable for every home to have a well-equipped first aid kit in case the need of treating wounds arises. And in order for us to stop minor illnesses from getting worse, here’s a list of first aid kit essentials that should be readily available at all times.

  • Anti-septic Wash – If you are in the hurry, and finding a water source is impossible, anti-septic wash is your next best option.
  • Anti-septic ointment – This is applied on wounds before covering them with bandage.
  • Thermometer – Storing a thermometer in your first aid kit is very helpful since fever strikes often than any other kind of illness.
  • Gauze Cloths – Gauze cloths should always be in a first aid kit. This is used to cover larger wounds which band aid can’t cover.
  • Cotton Balls – Since you will need to wipe wounds with ointments and medicines, you need to stock clean cotton balls in your kit.
  • Cold Compress – There are instant cold compress available in medical stores that doesn’t have to be refrigerated. These are disposable bags so keeping several of this is highly advisable.
  • Latex Gloves – These are important especially to when treatment needs to have body fluid contact like blood or urine. The gloves will prevent the bacteria from transferring from one person to another.
  • Band Aid – Band aids are used to cover small sizes of wounds. Buy a pack of these to have plenty of reserves in case anyone in the family needs one.