It’s not something that you often think about, but having a fully stocked first aid kit is even more important as a parent. We are entering the season of bumps and scrapes, and unfortunately those bumps and scrapes can require more than just a bandaid. To be sure that you are able to treat whatever your family needs treating, pull out your first aid supplies and make sure that nothing has expired and everything is still sterile and ready to use.
The Canadian Red Cross recommends that you have the following set aside in a bin or container dedicated to first aid supplies. Clearly label your kit, make sure that it is portable, and have it somewhere that your kids can access in case of an emergency. If supplies are used, be sure to restock as soon as you can.
FIRST AID SUPPLIES
- emergency numbers for EMS/911, your local poison control centre and your families’ doctors
- home and office numbers for family members, friends or neighbours who can help
- sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds
- adhesive tape
- roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or to make a sling
- adhesive bandages in assorted sizes (band-aids)
- safety pins
- instant ice packs
- disposable non-latex gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves
- flashlight with extra batteries in a separate bag
- antiseptic wipes or soap
- pencil and pad
- emergency blanket
- eye patches
- barrier devices such as a pocket mask or face shield
- coins for a pay phone (50c)
- Canadian Red Cross first aid manual
While you are cleaning out your medical supplies, you should also take a moment to check the expiration dates on any medicine in your cabinet and restock if necessary – ibuprofen, Polysporin, After-Bite lotion, acetaminophen, allergy medication, anti-nausea medication, and decongestant are pretty standard needs in both child and adult varieties. Take any expired medication to your local pharmacy for proper disposal instead of throwing it into the garbage and contaminating our environment!