What's a "complete firstaid kit"? Whether you buy it readymade or put it together yourself, make sure it contains all of the following:

  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Two rolls of gauze, 1 and 2 inches wide
  • Roll of adhesive tape, 1 inch wide
  • Roll of absorbent cotton
  • Elastic bandages 2 and 3 inches wide
  • Tissues
  • Cottontipped swabs
  • Precut triangular bandages of various sizes for slings, splints, and bandages
  • Airtight packages of wipes
  • Tongue depressors
  • Splints
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pair of tweezers
  • Oral thermometer (rectal thermometer for infants and very young children)
  • Safety pins
  • Aspirin or acetaminophen
  • Tightly covered bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  • Antiseptic spray or cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Container of ipecac syrup