First Aid Kit must have ingredients

Even though it is unusual to make it through a holiday without a minor accident, not many parents I know pack a top-knotch First-Aid kit in their suitcase.

Still less pack a mini-kit for the car to treat unexpected small accidents at play or from a local sports match.

In a poll on 850 mothers commented on their families' injury and first aid habits. The results found that 60 percent of children hurt themselves at least once a week. Injury types varied, but grazes came up as the most common (80 percent) with knees bearing more (60 percent) of injuries than any other body part.

According to Monash University's former unit, The Wound Foundation of Australia, wounds should be covered and allowed to breathe to promote optimum healing. Contrary to this advice, the poll results found that almost 40 percent of mums didn't protect minor injuries, such as cuts and scrapes, with dressings.

A First Aid Kit is a must-have for any family today.

Items to treat a cut foot, mozzie or insect bite, or to provide relief from a 24 hour virus after a long-haul flight. The intention is to be able to treat a simple medical problem or provide help until medical assistance arrives.

St John Ambulance stock a diverse range of kits for the home, car, the outdoors as well as tailor made kits for specialist requirements.

You can also create your own.

Use any small zip-up bag or even old in-flight travel packs to keep the following items secure in your suitcase.

  • scissors
  • thermometer
  • splinter forceps (tweezers)
  • small torch and replacement batteries
  • Bandaids or Elastoplast of varying sizes
  • 2 crepe bandages - one small, one large
  • nonstick dressings eg Telfa
  • micropore tape
  • triangular bandage (sling)
  • Antiseptic
  • Stingose
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • Nurofen for Children or Panadol
  • antihistamines (in case of bites, stings or allergic reactions)
  • gastrolyte (for fluid replacement with vomiting and diarrhoea - black current flavour is most favourite flavour - also comes in plastic tubes to make iceblocks)
  • Junior Dramamine, Travacalm for motion sickness.
Every parent should be able to administer simple first aid and have basic resuscitation skills - these can be life-saving. If you are travelling to a remote location, or overseas, see your GP for further advice on vaccinations as well as additional items for your Kit.
If anyone in your family suffers from any chronic illness, eg asthma, epilepsy or eczema. Plan to take adequate supplies of routine medications and make a plan for what you can do if they experience a problem while away.

I decided to purchase a St John Ambulance First Aid Kit for our next holiday and ended up using it last Saturday, after a signifcant collision on the soccer field. Apart from the fact that I had the right pain relief and impressive bandages at the ready, I'm pretty sure I improved by parental street-cred in the eyes of the entire team of 9 year-olds - as well!

Useful websites:

St John Ambulance -
On treating wounds -