With family recreation comes the inevitable emergency, injury, or mishap. Although most situations can be avoided, why not be prepared for when they cannot? First aid kits can easily be purchased in stores already stocked with various useful items. Though quick and easy to acquire, these kits can be lacking useful items that parents use for their children on a regular basis. Making your own first aid kit can be cost effective and allows you to decide what medical supplies to have on hand.
To begin your first aid kit, simply decide what container you want your items to be carried in. Small, lightweight and waterproof are all good attributes to look for in a kit. These can be found in most households already, such as a zipper freezer bag or a plastic sandwich container. The next and most important step is to make sure you have nitrile gloves handy—latex allergies are on the rise, so avoid latex gloves when possible. Though it may be your own child that needs aid, you never know when you might get a chance to play good samaritan to stranger. Alcohol hand wipes and hand gel are useful to include in your kit for sanitation and for cleanup.
As a parent, I have discovered that colorful bandages go a long way with children. For some reason, Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob Band-Aids make scrapes and bruises hurt less. In your kit, include various sizes and colors of bandages for your child. Also include some 4×4 gauze pads. These pads are useful for larger scrapes but are also useful when using ice packs. Ice packs are great for any injury that may cause swelling, but it is important to not place the ice pack directly on skin. Simply place a piece of gauze on the skin then place the icepack to prevent cold injury to the skin.
Roll gauze and co-flex materials work well for holding bandages or ice packs in place. Next include some over the counter medications, only if they are commonly used in your household. Neosporin can be packed in your kit for scrapes and cuts, while Tylenol and Benadryl are useful for other aches and pains.
Depending on your family’s health and needs, you as a parent are the best person to decide what should be included in your first aid kit. Get creative and see what you come up with!