Monday, March 14, 2011

Fill it for Spring - HOME First Aid Kit Checklist

KIT Checklist


  • Emergency contact numbers*
*These would include doctors, dentists, Poison Control, and family members' work and cell phone numbers. This list should also contain a note about any severe allergies that family members have.
  • First aid instruction booklet
I suggest either the The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook, or the American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care.

Supplies For Minor Scrapes And Cuts*

  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • Sterile gauze (both rolls and pads)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Instant cold compresses (I also like to have some reusable cold compresses in the freezer at all times)
* I suggest you also have additional of these supplies in the kitchen or central bathroom in your home, and also some in your purse, because boo boos happen all the time with kids.

Medical Ointments

  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Calamine lotion
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hand sanitizing gel
  • Burn ointment
  • Eyewash solution (with eye cup)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Saline solution (for help in suctioning out baby's nose)
  • Sunscreen, at least SPF 15
  • Sunburn ointment

Medical Supplies

  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Ace bandages
  • Plastic bags

Miscellaneous other supplies

  • Thermometer*
* Including rectal thermometer for infants, and oral, ear or forehead thermometers for older children and adults, and be sure to also have the items necessary to cleanse the thermometer after use.
  • Bulb syringe (for suctioning out baby's nose)
  • Medicine syringes and teaspoons for measuring out doses of medicine*
* Note I am talking about ones that are calibrated to measure liquid medicine precisely, not ones for baking.
  • Scissors (including blunt tipped scissors for cutting gauze and adhesive tape)
  • Tweezers
  • Fine needle (use this, along with tweezers for splinter removal)
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and batteries*
These last two are especially useful if you plan to make your first aid kit part of your emergency preparedness kit, which I suggest.


  • Fever and pain reducers, for both adults and children*
* You need to have, at least for children, both infant and older children's varieties of fever reducers, depending on the age of your children, and you should have both acetaminophen and ibuprofen for those especially bad fevers where you are instructed by your doctor to alternate medications, and you may also want to have these also in suppositories if your child vomits medications a lot when ill.
  • Antacids
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Oral electrolyte solution (such as Pedialyte)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Antihistamines
  • Cold and/or flu medicines
  • Cough medicine
  • Prescription medications prescribed to family members
* For all of these medications, have the appropriate ones in both adult and children's versions.

What Should I Have In My House In Case Of Accidental Poisoning?

Call the Poison Control Center immediately! The Poison Help hotline number is 1-800-222-1222

It does not have to be expensive or take a lot of time to stock your first aid kit if you just buy one or two items at a time every couple of shopping trips.

Further, this first aid kit checklist is just a guide, and I am not a medical doctor. Check with your physician if you have any questions or need further clarification.

Finally, each family is unique and therefore your first aid kit checklist should be tailored to fit your needs and activities, including allergies, prescription medications, health conditions, and activities and hobbies that family members engage in.

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