When was the last time you checked what was in your first aid kit at home? There's nothing worse than finding something missing after a minor domestic mishap. So to help us work what what should be in our first aid kits, we're joined by Aedine Browne, a pharmacist with CarePlus Pharmacy.
A basic first aid kit may contain:
Plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings At least 2 sterile eye dressings Triangular bandages Crêpe rolled bandages Safety pins Disposable sterile gloves Tweezers Scissors Alcohol-free cleansing wipes Sticky tape Thermometer (preferably digital) Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings Antiseptic cream Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen Cough medicine Antihistamine tablets Distilled water for cleaning wounds Eye wash and eye bath
It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit.
Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they are within their use-by dates.