Christmas is just around the corner, if you are organized you will now have your cupboards stocked and Christmas presents nicely wrapped under the tree. There is nothing else you need to prepare for this Christmas period, right? Wrong. It's important to enjoy this time of year and make memories with your family, however, more than ever it is important to prepare for the unexpected. Bumps, burns and winter bugs are extremely common in the winter, a fully stocked first aid kit can make all the difference.
Around this time of year, people spend a lot of time indoors leading to an increase in home-based accidents. So why not protect the health of you and your family this Christmas and check your first aid kit covers all the essentials.
A general first aid kit should include: -
• Pain relief - Paracetamol and ibuprofen are often extremely effective at relieving minor pains and bringing down a high temperature.
• Rehydration assistance - Many illnesses, including vomiting and diarrhoea, result in loss of water leading to dehydration. Oral rehydration salts work to restore the body's balance of fluid and minerals.
• Plasters - Basic but effective. Stock up on plasters in different shapes and sizes or all types of grazes and small cuts.
• Bandages - Ideally you should stock up on triangular as well as rolled bandages, perfect for less serious sprains from falling over the children's new Christmas toys!
• Sterile dressing - Even a small dressing can make all the difference when dealing with more serious wounds while you seek professional medical advice.
• Antiseptic - Perfect for minor grazes.
• Eyewash - If you get foreign particles in your eyes, an eyewash and eye bath make it easy to cleanse the eye and prevent more serious issues.
• Thermometer - The best way to check whether any of the family are running a temperature. A body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius indicates a potential fever. Oral digital thermometers are simple to use and easy to understand.
A fully-stocked first aid kit isn't an average gift, but we are sure your family will appreciate it none the less. Be prepared and make the most out of your Christmas break.