What should be kept in a First Aid kit? What are the fears Surrounding First Aid?

This is the first of our Guest Post’s from Carla Sowinski

My name is Carla and I have recently set up a business called First Aid Confidence. I am writing a monthly blog for Mumsnet Local for the next few months. The focus will be on first aid for infants and children.

This month I will be talking about what should be contained within a first aid kit and the fears of first aid.

What should be kept in a First Aid kit?

It is a good idea to keep a stocked first aid kit at home. The following items are useful to store within a first aid kit:

  • Small, medium and large sterile dressings
  • Sterile eye dressings
  • Crepe bandages
  • An assortment of plasters
  • Triangular bandages
  • Disposable sterile gloves
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol free cleansing wipes
  • Tape

As a parent you may also have other items such as antiseptic cream, age-appropriate painkillers and a thermometer.

The first aid kit should be out of the reach of children but each adult within the home should know where it is located.

The NHS Choices website provide The Health A-Z First Aid Guide, which contains information about various injuries and illnesses and how to manage them and this can be printed and stored within the first aid kit so it can be referred to if necessary.

What are the fears surrounding First Aid?

First Aid is a basic skill that can be carried out by anyone that has had appropriate training, however many people still would not feel comfortable to carry out this skill. The reluctance to learn or carry out first aid may be caused by several reasons such as:

  • Fear of receiving a complaint
  • Fear of infection
  • Fear of doing something wrong
  • Fear of putting yourself at risk

First aid training covers subjects such as assessing the environment for any possible dangers and the use of gloves and other barriers to reduce the risk of infection. If someone has received first aid training and feels competent to carry out their skills then they shouldn’t feel hesitant about helping somebody in need. It is better to provide whatever help you can and it may make a huge difference to a person’s outcome.

I hope you’ve found my blog helpful. Next month I will be discussing the recovery position and CPR for an infant and a child.

A little bit about me and First Aid Confidence.

The purpose of First Aid Confidence is to deliver affordable, effective First Aid Training in a professional yet relaxed manner that enables every learner to obtain the knowledge and skills that they require to perform First Aid competently and confidently. I want everybody who attends one of my courses to have the knowledge and confidence to carry out first aid should the need arise and I am committed to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to learn first aid. My previous role was within the ambulance service and I am a fully qualified first aid instructor. I offer first aid at work courses as well as paediatric first aid courses that meet Ofsted requirements and I am also keen to provide bespoke courses for parents who want to learn the skills needed to manage situations such as a child choking or an unconscious child.

Visit my website at www.firstaidconfidence.co.uk to find out more about the courses and other benefits that First Aid Confidence provides. You can also email me at carla@firstaidconfidence.co.uk or call me on 07939 885330 for an informal chat about first aid training.

NHS choices, 2014. First Aid. [online] Available at: <http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Accidents-and-first-aid/Pages/Introduction.aspx> [Accessed 23 June 2014].

NHS choices, 2013. Pregnancy and Baby. [online] Available at: < http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/baby-first-aid-kit.aspx> [Accessed 23 June 2014].

NHS choices, 2013. What Should I Keep in my First Aid Kit. [online] Available at: < http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/990.aspx?CategoryID=72&SubCategoryID=725> [Accessed 23 June 2014].



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