Do you have a minor open wound such as a grazed knee?
Do you have a hangover?
Do you have a cold, cough or sore throat?
There’s no need to go to the doctor – you can help yourself.
A well stocked first aid kit can help you to deal with minor accidents and injuries at home or when out and about. A basic first aid kit should contain:
• plasters, triangular bandage and two sterile eye dressings
• small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
• safety pins
• disposable sterile gloves
• tweezers, scissors and sticky tape
• alcohol-free wipes
• skin rash cream
• cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings and antiseptic cream
• painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16) or ibuprofen cough medicine
• distilled water, for cleaning wounds and an eye bath
• cough and flu remedies are good at relieving symptoms and can help you feel better. Speak to your pharmacist who can recommend the best remedy for you and your family.
• with any medicine you have at home, be careful and make sure they are safely stored according to their labels and are within their use-by dates. Be sure to keep your medicines locked and safe from children.