A home first aid kit is a small combat arsenal against ailments that will come to the rescue faster than a doctor. Putting together a home first aid kit with Chaslu Dubai Wellbeing Clinic.
The importance of a home first aid kit should not be underestimated, but at the same time, you should not get carried away either. For an adult who does not have any chronic diseases, its composition should be as simple as possible – with its help you should provide first aid, and not survive for a month on a desert island without a single hospital around.
Moreover, as noted by Chaslu Dubai Wellbeing Clinic, a first-aid kit for children should be even more modest than for adults: only a doctor should diagnose diseases and prescribe therapy for children.
If the child is healthy, then besides the plaster and antiseptic solution, there should be nothing in the mother’s purse. But with the list of must-haves for a home first-aid kit, we advise you to understand in more detail.
The thermometer comes first. Just remember that when measuring with an ear thermometer, temperatures up to 37.5 degrees are considered normal.
It makes sense to stock up on paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets. Of course, we are not talking about a situation where a person has contraindications. Ibuprofen has a more pronounced analgesic effect and a longer duration of action, but it also has more side effects. Therefore, it is advised to start with paracetamol.
This is especially true for the Emirates. Sunscreens come with a low degree of protection (SPF) and a high one – you need to select it depending on the skin phototype. Also, choose products that can protect against UVA and UVB rays.
For example, chlorhexidine. It will help if it is not possible to wash a freshly contaminated wound with water and ordinary soap.
It will help in case of intense fluid loss during diarrhea, vomiting, profuse sweating during physical exertion, or high temperature.
It is better to have an isotonic saline solution and vasoconstrictor nasal drops at home. The latter should be used only when urgently needed, with exact adherence to the dosage and no longer than 4-5 days, doctors advise. The risk of developing drug dependence is high.
It is necessary to have people prone to various types of allergic reactions.
Ideally, their use should be agreed with the doctor, but in the case of, for example, “bear disease” (before an exam or some important event), you can take it once. “As for laxatives, it is usually enough for a healthy person to have a normal and regular bowel movement with a diet and a drinking regimen, so all laxatives should be prescribed only by a doctor,” the doctors of the clinic say.
Also, it will not be superfluous to have a blood pressure monitor on hand. It often happens that myocardial infarction is the first manifestation of atherosclerosis, so if a person first felt discomfort, heaviness, pain behind the sternum (sensations can be given to the left arm, back, lower jaw), nausea, dizziness, then you need to immediately call an ambulance and ask about the need to take nitroglycerin and aspirin before the arrival of the doctor. With a pressure below 90 or a pulse rate of fewer than 50 beats per minute, taking nitroglycerin on its own is contraindicated.
It is necessary to keep plasters of various sizes, sterile and elastic bandages at home (it is important that the person applying the bandage knows how to use it correctly).
It is more convenient for a child to collect a separate first-aid kit, which will include drugs developed by age, such as children’s protective equipment from the sun, a special children’s rehydration solution, children’s forms of paracetamol and ibuprofen (suppositories and syrup).
It is imperative to calculate the dosage by the weight of the child and observe the frequency of administration. Get a saline solution for rinsing your nose for acute respiratory infections. Due to the anatomical features of the structure of the nasopharynx, children under 2 years old should not be sprayed into the nose with a spray, only drops can be used. Vasoconstrictor drops are recommended only if the child cannot eat or sleep due to nasal congestion.
Here you need to be very careful – it is very easy to cause an overdose, up to resuscitation. Antihistamines are indicated for children prone to allergic rhinitis and urticaria.
P.S. Hopefully, you will need to use your home first aid kit as little as possible. Nevertheless, do not forget to audit every six months and change those drugs that have expired – their effectiveness is greatly reduced.
Since 2016, Chaslu Dubai Wellbeing Clinic has been receiving patients of both sexes, adults, and children for over 1-year-old (screening, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of various profiles). The clinic is equipped with ultrasound and MRI machines, a physiotherapy room with hardware physiotherapy, Kinesio taping, professional massage, manual therapy sessions, and other procedures are performed.