Having a well-stocked family first aid kit at home gives me such peace of mind.
When my first child was born, we were gifted a baby first aid kit that had all the essentials she needed for health and safety. It was such a lovely gift idea that I wouldn’t have considered but as an anxious new parent, I loved it.
Now, my kids are aged three and five and love to run around and have fun. There have already been a few times when we’ve grabbed for plasters, antiseptic cream and Panadol! I’m sure you can imagine.
I’ve pulled out our children’s first aid kit and created a first aid kit checklist to help if you’re wondering what should be in a first aid kit for your family.
Our first aid box includes more first aid supplies than this list – we would class these as the absolute essentials though.
You should consult your GP to see if they have any recommendations based on your individual family’s needs.
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An accurate thermometer is one of the most essential first aid kit items.
Both of my babies had jaundice and needed their temperature checking numerous times per day and night. Now that they’re bigger, if we suspect a fever, or just feel that something isn’t right, we’ll check their temperature first.
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It’s also a non-contact thermometer, meaning we don’t have to wrestle wriggling kids plus we can take their temperature easily while they’re in bed without interrupting their sleep.
It’s perfect for the whole family – infants, kids and adults. You can check body, room or surface temperature too! You can find out more about it here.
If your kids are like mine, you’ll be restocking plasters frequently. What is the fascination for kids wanting to put a plaster on everything?
For cuts and “boo-boos”, plasters do the job until you might need to seek medical assistance. They also work wonders for keeping little kids happy!
We love the Nexcare range of plasters as they stick so well, they’re very thin and they are available in some lovely decorative designs for kids.
Triangular bandages are great for making a sling if needed.
Support bandages can be used for wrapping the body or as a support.
4. Sterile Dressings
Individually wrapped sterile dressings are another essential on our family first aid equipment list.
We have a variety of non-adherent dressings that are suitable for wounds and bleeding in different sizes.
5. Antiseptic Cream
For cuts, grazes, bites and stings, we often reach for the antiseptic cream first and make sure we don’t run out as the whole family uses this.
6. Saline Spray
We’re big fans of the Flo range and have both their Kids Saline Spray and Saline Plus spray in our kit.
For a baby medicine kit, there is also Flo Baby Saline Spray.
For congested noses, I haven’t found a better product to use for any of us. It’s easy to spray at any angle and is preservative-free.
7. Gauze Swabs
These are necessary for wound cleaning before you apply a dressing. They come in a variety of sizes.
8. Emergency Accident Blanket
This can be used for accidents and shock and can control loss of body heat and to protect against extreme temperatures.
Since my daughter put a pea up her nose, aged two, tweezers have been essential for us. I highly recommend adding them to your toddler first aid kit.
Of course, tweezers have many other beneficial uses when it comes to first aid for kids and adults, not just the extraction of vegetables from nostrils!
A small pair of sharp scissors can help with cutting bandages to size or cut through clothing.
11. Safety Pins
Safety pins can secure bandages or clothing, if needed.
12. First Aid Leaflet
Despite accessing a lot of information quickly online now, the leaflet in our first aid kit is so much easier to grab and access the section we need.
It has procedures for quick first aid treatment including:
- Allergic reactions
- Bites and stings
I hope this list helps you know what is in a home first aid kit for families.
First Aid Box Checklist
Our kit does contain a few more additional items and yours might vary – let me know? These are the absolute essentials that I would recommend having.
This is the kit we keep at home, but we also have a small car first aid with things like plasters and antiseptic cream.
When we go away, I’ll pack a travel first aid kit with items like our Omron thermometer, Panadol, plasters and other items that might be needed when we’re away.
You can find more recommendations for what to have in a first aid kit here.
I hope this first aid kit contents checklist has been helpful to you.
Do you have any other items in your kit that are essential?
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