What Is in a First Aid Kit Box?

What Is in a First Aid Kit Box?
A first aid kit box contains items to treat minor health problems. While kits vary depending on size and purpose, most kits provide materials to address health issues that are likely to arise when away from regular medical care.

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.

Gastrointestinal Illness

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.

Pain Relievers

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.

Cold Medicine

First aid kits often contain antihistamines, decongestants, cough suppressant/expectorant, throat lozenges and a thermometer to alleviate the symptoms of minor colds.

Environmental Risks

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.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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