A First-aid Kit for Your Family

You’ll feel better if you have a first-aid kit on hand to deal with emergencies. Buy a ready-made kit (be sure any flashlight bulbs and batteries in the kit are working), or put one together that includes:

  • Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by a poison control center)
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Bandages, gauze pads and tape
  • Blanket
  • Cold pack
  • Disposable gloves
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plastic bags
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

Remember, while preparedness and self-reliance are important, call 9-1-1 when there’s a true emergency that requires immediate medical help .

See also ...

•  What to expect when you dial 9-1-1

•   What to do if your baby is choking

•  American Red Cross pediatric first-aid guide

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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