Family Health

Building Your Home’s First Aid Kit

June is National Safety Month, and here at Any Baby Can we are dedicated to keeping you and your family safe, both in and out of the home. However, no matter how hard parents try to protect their kids and themselves, accidents will inevitably happen, it’s part of life. The best way to handle those accidents is to be prepared before they happen. The American Red Cross suggests that each family have a first aid kit in both their home and in their car. It’s important that every child knows exactly where the first aid kit(s) is located, and how to use it in the case of an emergency.

First aid kits are available for purchase at a variety of locations, and are often very affordable. Whether you buy your first aid kit at a drug store, through the Red Cross, or make your own, make sure to include certain personal items, such as:

  • Family emergency contact numbers
  • First responder numbers (911, poison control, nearby hospital, etc)
  • Personal medications for family members (EpiPen, allergy medications, etc.)

Our friends at the American Red Cross have put together a comprehensive list of items that should be in a first aid kit. Below are the very basic essentials (quantities are based on a family of 4):

  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)[Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • Scissors
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)[Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • Tweezers

If you’d like to learn more family safety tips, give Any Baby Can a call at 512.454.3743, and consider registering for one of our parenting classes.

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