First Aid Information
A first aid kit box should contain a quick reference guide or first aid instruction booklet, allowing a quick refresher as needed on the appropriate first aid course of action. This does not supplant the need for proper training. Also include emergency contact information.
Cuts and Bruises
To treat minor cuts and bruises, a first aid kit box typically includes sterile gloves, antiseptic, adhesive bandages, cloth adhesive tape, gauze pads, cotton swabs, antibiotic cream, roller bandage, cold compress, scissors and tweezers.
Food-borne and waterborne illness is addressed through the inclusion of anti-diarrhea medicine, mild laxatives for constipation, antacids for heartburn and indigestion, and rehydration packs.
Minor aches and pains can be managed through the use of over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin. Aspirin containing products should not be administered to children.
First aid kits often contain antihistamines, decongestants, cough suppressant/expectorant, throat lozenges and a thermometer to alleviate the symptoms of minor colds.
Lip balm, eye drops, aloe cream for sunburns, anti-itch cream, moleskin, anti-fungal ointment, insect repellant, sunscreen, hand sanitizers, water purification tablets, sleep aids and motion sickness medicine provide protection from and treatment of environmental hazards.