Be Prepared: Home First Aid Kit Essentials

(The text in this photo gallery originally appeared on HealthiNation.com and was last reviewed on 1/6/11. For the full article, visit http://www.healthination.com/topic-center/index.php?t=first_aid_home.) (Photo credit: Thinkstock)
Protect yourself and your family from injury by understanding how to prevent accidents in your home and be prepared by creating a home first aid kit. Creating a home first aid kit is very important and easy. You can either make the items in the kit, or find them at any pharmacy and most supermarkets. (The text in this photo gallery originally appeared on HealthiNation.com and was last reviewed on 1/6/11. For the full article, visit http://www.healthination.com/topic-center/index.php?t=first_aid_home.) (Photo credit: Thinkstock)
These should include your doctor, local ambulance, fire department and poison control center. It's also a good idea to have numbers for your pharmacy, and a person who will act as your emergency contact.
Emergency Numbers List
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These should include your doctor, local ambulance, fire department and poison control center. It's also a good idea to have numbers for your pharmacy, and a person who will act as your emergency contact.
These are used for fevers, aches and pains. In some cases, aspirin should be taken during a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about whether this is something you need to think about. One important point-aspirin should not be given to children with flu symptoms, as they can develop Reye's Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease.
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen & Aspirin Tablets
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These are used for fevers, aches and pains. In some cases, aspirin should be taken during a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about whether this is something you need to think about. One important point-aspirin should not be given to children with flu symptoms, as they can develop Reye's Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease.
Keep cough suppressants around for unexpected coughs, and colds.
Cough Suppressant
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Keep cough suppressants around for unexpected coughs, and colds.
These agents are useful for treating symptoms of allergies, especially stuffy noses.
Antihistamines & Decongestants
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These agents are useful for treating symptoms of allergies, especially stuffy noses.
Keep this to check for fever.
Thermometer
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Keep this to check for fever.
These are used to give children oral medications, like cough syrup or antibiotics. You can also use these to flush and clean cuts and wounds.
Oral Medicine Syringes
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These are used to give children oral medications, like cough syrup or antibiotics. You can also use these to flush and clean cuts and wounds.
Use this solution to wash out debris, or chemicals from the eyes.
Emergency Eye Wash Solution
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Use this solution to wash out debris, or chemicals from the eyes.
Have on hand bandages of different sizes and shapes for cuts and scrapes.
Bandages
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Have on hand bandages of different sizes and shapes for cuts and scrapes.
You'll need these for sprains from a twisted ankle or wrist.
Elastic Wraps
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You'll need these for sprains from a twisted ankle or wrist.
Use these to dress larger cuts when other bandages won't do. Gauze also acts as a good compress to help stop a bleeding cut.
Gauze & Adhesive Tapes
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Use these to dress larger cuts when other bandages won't do. Gauze also acts as a good compress to help stop a bleeding cut.
These will help you remove bandages, or clothing from the skin without cutting or damaging the skin even further. Hydrogen Peroxide and Antiseptic Wipes. These are both good for cleaning scrapes and cuts. Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Sharp Scissors With Rounded Tips
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These will help you remove bandages, or clothing from the skin without cutting or damaging the skin even further. Hydrogen Peroxide and Antiseptic Wipes. These are both good for cleaning scrapes and cuts. Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
For sprains, bumps and bruises.
Instant-Activating Cold Packs
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For sprains, bumps and bruises.
Use these to pull splinters or clean cuts and scrapes.
Be sure to keep your emergency first aid kit away from children since it contains sharp objects and medications.
Tweezers
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Use these to pull splinters or clean cuts and scrapes. Be sure to keep your emergency first aid kit away from children since it contains sharp objects and medications.
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