Why build a family first aid kit?
Our Plano pediatricians are always happy to help take care of kids, but we also want to empower children and their families to cope with minor mishaps on their own. When you build a family first aid kit, it can bring peace of mind to road trips, hikes and every day life.
Tips to help build a family first aid kit
As parents themselves, our Plano pediatricians can attest to the value of a good family first aid kit. You should keep a first aid kit at home, in your cars, or with you on camping or hiking trips as well as other outings. Your family’s first aid kit should include the following items.
- Medical information, including a list of emergency contact numbers, first aid instructions, and a list of family members’ allergies and medical conditions
- Adhesive bandages in various sizes
- Protective gloves (be sure to get non-latex gloves if a family member has a latex allergy)
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- A bottle of water, to avoid dehydration or wash cuts when you’re away from a sink
- Absorbent wound dressings
- Rolled bandages
- A roll of medical tape
- Antiseptic wipes
- Over-the-counter pain, anti-nausea and allergy medication
- A thermometer
- A CPR breathing barrier shield
- An instant cold pack
- Anti-itch cream
You can buy a ready-made first aid kit. However, be sure to know what’s inside and how to use it. Consider each family member’s needs as you build a family first aid kit or modify a ready-made one.
If members of your family have severe allergies, asthma or diabetes, supplement your kit with a small supply of the prescribed medication for those conditions. Be sure that any medication in your first aid kit is properly stored, in date and kept away from children until it is needed.
Help with family safety
From first aid kits to physicals, our Plano pediatricians are a great resource to help keep your family safe and healthy. We can make recommendations for additional items that you should include as you build a family first aid kit. Our team can also direct you to additional emergency response training and resources in the community.
For more safety tips, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.