Winter 2009

Pack a First Aid Kit


Regardless of how careful you and your child are, injuries are bound to happen now and then. So, a well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have - in your home and in your car.

Prepared First Aid kits are available in pharmacies, sporting good stores and online by organizations such as the American Red Cross. You can buy one pre-made or assemble your own. How extensive and complete your kit should be depends on the number of people in your family and how you intend to use it.

If you already have a kit, take the time to restock it or replace used or out-of-date items.

First Aid Kit Contents

The American Red Cross recommends the following First Aid kit contents for a family of four:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Other Useful Items

If you are traveling in your car, include the following items:

  • a large blanket
  • gallon-sized bottle of water
  • flashlight and extra batteries

If you are camping, hiking or boating, include:

  • insect repellent
  • emergency supply of sunscreen

For Special Medical Needs

Planning ahead is important if your child or another family member has special medical needs. Be sure to carry extra medical supplies including extra medication, syringes or special equipment when you go on a trip or outing. For example, take an insect allergy kit containing medications used by persons allergic to insect stings.

Be sure any member of your family who has special needs wears a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace at all times. Applications are available in most pharmacies.

Local First Aid Classes

If you would like to learn more about First Aid, both the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) regularly schedule classes that are open to the public.


Good Health for Kids is produced by Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.