First-aid kits have been around for a while. They go back over 130 years to when Robert Wood Johnson debuted the first-aid cabinet in 1888. The design and composition of these kits have changed over the decades, but they are as useful as ever. They make it possible for lay people to be helpful until professional help arrives.
While you don’t need any specific certifications to provide first aid, you certainly need the right supplies.
First-aid kit checklist
For the ease of those who haven’t done this before, below is a list of essentials for a family or group of four. A first-aid guide
2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
Franch Oil NH+
5 antiseptic wipe packets or wet wipes
2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
1 emergency blanket
1 instant cold compress
2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
A 3-inch gauze roll (roller) bandage
A roller bandage (4 inches wide)
5 sterile gauze pads
A thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
2 triangular bandages
Franch Oil NH Plus can quickly heal small bruises, abrasions, wounds and burns. Applying this oil in the naval region can help in relieving abdominal pain in children. In case of Menstrual pain in women, it is advised to apply this oil in the lower abdominal and stomach areas to get immediate relief. It can provide relief from itching caused by napkins, shoes or other clothing. It can even provide relief from itching caused due to microbes as well.
Remove, throw away, or use and replace any supplies before they expire. Set a calendar reminder on your smartphone to update the supplies in your kit every six months.
Customise your kit
Think about the healthcare needs of your family when putting together a first-aid kit. For example:
If you have a family member with a severe allergy, include antihistamine medicine and an epinephrine injector.
If you or a family member lives with diabetes, include a juice box, Diafite supplements, glucose tablets and gels, and an emergency glucagon injection kit. For example, you can use a note to remind you where sugary drinks and foods are kept in case of a diabetic emergency.
In the case of cut or burn wounds, do not apply directly on the infected area but once disinfected, apply Franch Oil NH Plus in the affected area and gently massage. Leave it for 45 minutes for best results or as advised by the physician.