Since having children, we have collected a fairly well stocked medicine cabinet. All the usual suspects are in there – Calpol, plasters, Piriton, Sudocrem. Things to treat the everyday bumps and grazes.
But what about a first aid kit? Is it something you have at home? I know we don’t, not really. This became glaringly obvious when Gemma had a nasty accident recently, and I had to cobble together a makeshift bandage and make do with some Calpol until we got to the hospital.
Recently, we were asked to take part in the Family First Aid Challenge – we sent a picture of our First Aid items off to be analysed by a pharmacist, to see how extensive it was, and what more we could do with getting.
Our first aid kit includes:
- Allergy eye drops
- Witch Hazel
The pharmacist says:
“This first aid box looks a little lean. The plasters and surgical tape will be very useful as will the Calpol for a young child. Witch Hazel gel is also a good choice for cuts and grazes. Some dressings could also be useful and possibly a tubular bandage or crepe bandage for strains. There is obviously concern for eye health as evidenced by the Allergy Eye Drops. However, eyes can often suffer more generally from tiredness, soreness and dryness especially at the end of a long day. An eye drop for dry eye such as Vidisan could be a useful addition this first aid box.”
With regards to irritated eyes, research has shown that:
- Nearly half (48%) of those questioned had experienced eye irritation when on the beach with the wind blowing sand into their eyes
- 45% had experienced eye irritation after swimming in chlorinated water
- around a third of us (33.5%) suffered eye irritation after gardening
- and 30% of men particularly suffered from getting things in their eyes when exercising
It’s clear that we need to revamp our first aid kit slightly- a good option for families is the St Johns Ambulance Universal First Aid Kit, and I have 2 to give away.
Terms and conditions. Open to UK residents, giveaway ends 20/10/16. Winners will be randomly selected from all correctly completed entries and contacted by email. Winners should claim their prize within 10 days or it may be redrawn.