Geralin Thomas

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How to organize a family first aid kit without spending a fortune.

How To Organize A Family First Aid Kit

Whether it’s a rash, hives, bee sting or mosquito bite or whether you’re a parent of one or a parent of  multiples, having a well-stocked, family-friendly first aid kit or medicine cabinet is essential.  Being prepared by gathering first aid essentials is a necessity plus for you as well as your children’s caregivers.  It is an easy-to-assemble, thoughtful project and loving gesture which will be greatly appreciated when needed.  Getting basic medical supplies assembled in a fresh, clean, easy-to-find container doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.  Planning is the key; the supplies must be assembled and stored in a convenient yet safe location.

Good news!  No need to spend a fortune!
The “kit” can be a recycled backpack or tote bag, a plastic dishpan or a wooden wine crate.  It doesn’t have to be a brand new box designed especially for this purpose.  Look around your home and chances are, you will have a container which can be “repurposed”.  One key element is that the container you select should be easy to spot and open.

More good news!
All “ingredients” can be purchased in one shopping trip from any drugstore and can be budget-friendly if generic brands are purchased.

NOTE:  If anyone in your home is allergic to bee stings, peanuts, or shellfish, make sure an epinephrine pen (“epi-pen”) is easily accessible in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit. This pen is in addition to the one your child may carry with him or her at all times. Mark the expiration in your calendar and replace as necessary.

You may also consider checking the expiration dates of all of the medications and supplies on an easy to remember date, such as daylight savings time changes.
In addition to the items below may I suggest including an index card with the following information typed in a large, bold font:

  • Both parents’ mobile phone numbers and your home address (in the event the sitter can’t recall your home address)
  • Children’s full names and birthdates
  • Your pediatrician’s name and phone number
  • Your pharmacy’s phone number and address
  • Standard First Aid & Personal Safety, a book published by the American Red Cross (ISBN-10: 0385157363)

Here’s a list of essentials you can print and take with you to the drugstore.

    • An oral syringe, or calibrated cup and spoon for administering liquid medicines
    • Children's strength liquid acetaminophen or ibuprofen (must be non-aspirin)
    • Pediatrician-approved children's strength liquid decongestant
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antacid
    • Activated charcoal (use only if advised by the Poison Control Center)
    • Digital thermometer (oral)
    • Rectal thermometer and personal lubricant
    • Tweezers and a pair of sharp scissors
    • Latex gloves
    • Safety pins
    • Needle
    • Antibacterial ointment
    • Hydrocortisone cream (0.5% for children)
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Nasal aspirator bulb syringe (another type of aspirator bulb syringe is available for the ears; the nasal aspirator is more round and less pointy than the bulb syringe used for ears)
    • Variety of adhesive bandage strips
    • Gauze rolls, sterile
    • Gauze pads, sterile
    • Adhesive tape
    • Cotton pads and cotton swabs
    • Heating pad
    • Hot-water bottle
    • Ice pack
    • Pedialyte ® Oral Electrolyte Solution

    Geralin Thomas of METROPOLITAN Organizing is experienced in both residential and home office organizing. She always considers the lifestyle, budget, and personality of each client. Geralin works with homeowners, designers, builders, architects, and businesses creating organized environments and enhancing client's lives. Metropolitan Organizing is located in Cary, NC and can be reached at (919) 380-7718 or via website at: Metropolitan Organizing.com.

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