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We always hope that everything goes without a hitch, especially where children are concerned, but there’s no guarantee that a bump or a graze isn’t around the corner.
Plus, let’s face it, us adults aren’t immune to falling over or getting a bee sting every now and then, so it pays to be prepared.
Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children and many people.
A small first aid kit is also ideal to keep in the car for emergencies.
However, with so many out there, how do you know which one to buy?
Well, first it’s worth knowing what your first aid kit should always include.
The NHS advises any basic first aid should feature plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes, gauze dressings, at least two sterile eye dressings, triangular bandages, crêpe rolled bandages and safety pins.
It should also include disposable sterile gloves, tweezers, scissors, alcohol-free cleansing wipes, sticky tape and thermometer (preferably digital) and skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula.
As well as this, ideally your kit will also have 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, antihistamine cream or tablets, distilled water for cleaning wounds, eye wash and eye bath.
Inspired by this week’s episode of Yahoo UK’s parenting video series The Baby Bump with Lauren Pope, in which the former TOWIE star receives advice from a paediatric first aid trainer, we’ve rounded up the best first aid kits for all the family.
Shop 7 of the best first aid kits for all the family
LittleLife Family First Aid Kit | £22.49 from John Lewis & Partners
The Family First Aid Kit from LittleLife is ideal for days out, short breaks or family holidays. It contains all the necessary basic first aid items you are likely to need to treat most common injuries.
Boots Family Essentials First Aid Kit | £6.99 from Boots
Ideal on-the-go, this family essentials kit also includes a first aid guide providing you with information and advice on dealing with everything from minor injuries to more serious injuries, including cuts, grazes, sprains and burns.
90 Piece Premium First Aid Kit Bag | £18.99 from Amazon
This premium first aid kit is extremely comprehensive and includes products such as antiseptic towels, butterfly closures, safety pins, fingertip strips, first aid tape, eye pads and more.
The durable, waterproof case also means you needn’t worry about taking it out in the rain or to the beach.
Yellodoor Baby First Aid Kit | £14.99 from Amazon
Packed with 68 pieces of essential medical grade first aid supplies for your child, this kit includes fun-themed plasters, reward stickers and everything you need for day to day bumps and scrapes.
Plus, each kit comes with a Humpty Dumpty finger puppet distracter to help take the drama out of those inevitable, but stressful, bumps and scrapes.
Best Travel Baby First Aid Kit | £11.99 from Amazon
Light and portable, you can take this first aid kit wherever you go. It’s ideal for changing bags, handbags and travel or to keep in your car glove box.
Family First Aid Kit | £6.99 from Superdrug
Ideal for dealing with minor injuries at home, this kit is under £7 and contains everything you might need to attend to cuts, scrapes and grazes on the scene.
66pc Motorists First Aid Kit | £19.99 from Halfords
This handy little kit can be kept in the glove compartment of your car so that it’s on hand for any emergencies out and about.