None of us ever want to think we’ll be in the midst of an at-home medical emergency, but they can happen. We all want to maintain happy bodies, but it’s much better to know the drill and be prepared in case of an emergency. Your medicine kit should include a stock of items that will enable you to treat everything from minor ailments to more severe issues. So get your Girl Guide or Boy Scout head on and make sure you’re ready for every eventuality. Of course, in the case of medical emergencies, you will call 911 immediately. But while you are waiting, it may just pay to have appropriate medications and gauze at the ready too. Always keep your medicine cabinet out of the reach of children and locked away in a high cupboard.
Bandages, Plasters, Gauze And More
A fully stocked first aid kit doesn’t just include medicines but should also contain bandages, plasters, and gauze too. Bandages are useful for sprained limbs before treatment and also for heavy wounds that need attending too before you can get to the hospital. They also work well for an emergency Halloween costume for your kids if you lost the school note! Also be sure to keep plaster in all shapes and sizes in your cupboard and make sure to buy waterproof ones. If you do a lot of cooking, it’s also useful to keep a stock of Chef’s Blue Food Area plasters in case you nick yourself. These are readily available on Amazon. If a wound is particularly deep, it’s also a good idea to have a selection of gauze on hand. These can be used to dress infections in a sterile way before medical assistance is received. Liquid bandages can seal small, uninfected cuts and antibiotic ointment can help close wounds and minor burns. Other useful items include tweezers for splinters, medical tape for securing dressings and eyewash solution for infections. Also keep a digital thermometer here in case you need to check a temperature in one of the most accurate at-home ways possible. And for mild cases of sunburn, it’s also useful to have a bottle of aloe vera gel to hand.
Your medicine box should always include painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and paracetamol. They can help with everything from headaches to menstrual cramps and inflammation and common colds. Remember never to give aspirin to anyone under the age of 16. Also keep decongestants and cough medicines in this section.
Asthma And Allergies
In the case of mild allergies caused by hay fever, dust or dander always keep antihistamines in your medical kit. These can also help reduce mild rashes too. Antihistamines come in both topical and oral forms. Topical treatments can soothe insect bites and nettle rash stings. Oral tablets are effective for hay fever, itchy eyes, runny noses and even chickenpox. If a member of your family has been diagnosed with asthma, always make sure to have an extra supply of inhalers, such as Ventolin from a registered online pharmacy, in case of emergencies. And if someone has been diagnosed with a severe food allergy always make sure to have an EpiPen in your kit in case of anaphylactic shock. But remember if a family member has a severe asthma attack or goes into anaphylactic shock, always call 911 immediately. It’s worth keeping calamine lotion here as well for itchy rashes and bites.
Diarrhea, Nausea, and Indigestion
Diarrhea can hit unexpectedly and quickly and can be really uncomfortable. Always make sure to have anti-diarrhoea tablets to hand, such as Immodium. Diarrhea and nausea can also lead to dehydration due to a loss of water and essential minerals. So keep oral rehydration salts in your medicine box too. These usually come in powder form that you mix with water, and they can help you recover more quickly. Sea sickness tablets and ginger biscuits can also help relieve nausea. For those that suffer from indigestion always be sure to have antacids readily available too. You can get these at the pharmacy as chewies, tablets or in liquid form too.
If you are interested in herbal remedies, it’s always good to make a section for these too. Lavender is great for minor burns, blistering, and insomnia. Peppermint is useful for headaches and honey is soothing on an itchy sore throat. Cranberry juice can be kept to help relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections. And coconut oil is good for sunburn and mild infections on the skin. For bruising keep arnica in your box in either topical or oral form.