How to put together a family first aid kit

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Is your first aid knowledge up to date? Would you know what to do (or who to call) if there was an emergency at your house? We’ve put together a handy guide to assembling a family first aid kit, which every parent should have at home.

We’ve teamed up with Children’s Panadol to provide you with lots of quick and helpful information covering many aspects of children’s health and development. We hope you’ll find them a great resource as you take care of your family every day.

What to do in an emergency

Understanding what to do in an emergency, while waiting for medical help, could save your child’s life. As a parent, it’s recommended that you complete a first aid course with an accredited organisation such as St John’s Ambulance or the Red Cross. You should also keep a well-equipped first aid kit at home.

Assembling a first aid kit

In Australia, you can buy first aid kits from St John’s Ambulance or the Australian Red Cross. A basic first aid kit should contain:


  • Crepe bandages in various sizes
  • Gauze squares for cleaning wounds
  • Non-stick squares for dressing wounds
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton wool swabs
  • Sticking plaster
  • Clean, non-fluffy cloth or clear plastic film to cover burns until seen by a doctor

Creams, lotions, medications

  • Antiseptic lotions
  • Calamine lotion
  • Saline eye wash
  • Spray for treating stings
  • Paracetamol tablets and liquid with childproof lids

First aid equipment

  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable gloves

Emergency numbers

It’s a good idea to keep the following numbers in your phone.

  • Police, ambulance, fire brigade: 000 (or 112 if you are out of mobile range)
  • Poisons information line: 13 11 26 (24 hours a day, Australia-wide)
  • Health Direct Australia: 1800 022 222 (free call, Australia-wide)
  • Pregnancy, birth and baby helpline: 1800 882 436
  • Your family doctor
  • Neighbours
  • Relatives

This is an excerpt from The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specifically developed to help parents. It contains a comprehensive collection of practical parenting information and useful tips for your child’s first five years. If you’ve ever wanted a quick guide to refer to in the middle of the night, or to help you decide when it’s time to see a doctor, this is a resource which will help you on your way. You can view it online or download it for free at The First Five Years.

(This is a sponsored post for Children’s Panadol)

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