No matter how careful moms try to be, accidents still happen everyday and everywhere, with a good number occurring within the home. According to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, over 1 million children are yearly involved in accidents in and about the home.

With such statistics in place, it is paramount that every mom equips her home with an appropriately kitted first aid box which she can easily carry to an injured child. Below are the basic ‘must haves’ in every first aid box:

  • Age appropriate pain killers for fever and pain.
  • Calamine lotion for soothing itchy skin irritations and insect bites.
  • Tweezers for removing thorns, splinters and ticks.
  • Small scissors for cutting plasters and tapes.
  • Saline solution for washing dirt from sore eyes.
  • Infant thermometer for taking temperature readings.
  • Gloves for handling blood.
  • Antiseptic cream for treating cuts and minor burns.
  • Antihistamine cream for soothing bites and stings.
  • Adhesive bandage (plaster) for minor cuts, sores, blisters and sore spots.
  • Gauze for dressing wounds.
  • Crepe bandages for holding dressings in place.
  • Triangular bandages for use as a sling, head bandage or normal bandage.
  • Tubular bandages for strained joints that need support and for stopping bleedings and holding dressings unto joints.
  • Petroleum jelly for lubricating rectal thermometer.
  • Small flash light for checking the interior of the nose, ears and mouth.
  • Saline nose drop for clearing a stuffy nose.
  • Antibiotic ointment for treating cuts and scrapes.
  • Sterile cotton balls for washing cuts and bruises.
  • Cotton swabs for cleaning the external parts of the ears and nose.
  • Rehydration fluid for treating dehydration.
  • Calibrated spoon, cup or needle-less syringe for medicine administration.
  • List of emergency numbers.