First Aid Kit Essentials

Even for minor emergencies like cuts and bruises, it's a great idea to keep a well-stocked first aid kid stored somewhere accessible in your home. Here are some essential items to include:

Tweezers
For everything from a splinter to an ingrown hair, tweezers are a commonly forgotten item that work wonders for everyday injuries.

Thermometer
When you or your little one comes down with a nasty cold, a thermometer can tell you when it’s time to go to the doctor.

Triple-antibiotic ointment
For small cuts, burns or insect bites, antibiotic ointment kills harmful germs that cause infection.

Asprin or other painkillers
T
hese provide relief for headaches or muscle pains. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label and be aware of any allergies, too.

Flashlight
If the power ever goes out, a good flashlight is a must. Keep batteries, too, if it's battery-powered, or consider getting a flashlight powered by a hand-turned crank.

Adhesive bandages
Get a variety of sizes to fit in difficult areas, like the finger or knee.

First aid instruction book
If it unexpectedly becomes necessary, you'll be glad to have had this on hand!

First Aid Essentials Checklist [Real Simple]
Anatomy of a First Aid Kit [Red Cross]
Everyday Care [Healthy Essentials]
First-Aid Kit Essentials [Parents.com]

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