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HEALTH SOS.

Look after yourself and others, with St John Wales WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MY FIRST AID KIT? Most of us have a couple of boxes of plasters in the house but it's actually very important to have a well-stocked first aid kit so you can deal with any minor accidents and injuries, which can often happen in the home.

Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children and medicines should be checked regularly to make sure that they are within their use-by dates.

It's also a good idea to keep a small first aid kit in the car for emergencies.

If you're not sure what you should have in a basic first aid kit, here is our advice about what best to include: * Plasters, in a variety of different sizes and shapes. * Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings. * At least two sterile eye dressings. * Triangular bandages. * Crpe rolled bandages. * Safety pins.

Disposable sterile gloves. * Tweezers.

Scissors. * Alcohol-free cleansing wipes.

Sticky tape. * A thermometer, preferably digital. * Skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone or calendula. * Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings. * Antiseptic cream. * Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen.

Cough medicine. * Decongestant tablets or nasal spray.

Antihistamine tablets. * Distilled water, for cleaning wounds and for use as an eye bath.

* For information on first aid courses or if you would like a free pocket first aid guide call St John Wales on 029 2044 9500 or visit www.stjohnwales.org.uk
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 10, 2012
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