First Aid - Emergency Medicines

It is important to have a well-stocked first aid kit and keep some emergency medicines at home, so you are prepared to deal with minor accidents and injuries.

‘I have three small children and I seem to be dealing with bumps and grazes all the time. Not a week goes by when I’m not asking my husband to pop into the pharmacy on his way home to buy plasters or something else for the children. I think it would be a good idea to keep a first aid box at home so I am prepared, but I haven’t a clue what I should have in it.’


Your first aid kit and medicines should be stored in a cool, dry place which is out of the reach of children. Ideally your first aid kit should be locked for extra security.

What should I keep at home? Basic emergency first aid items to keep at home include:

  • Plasters in a variety of different shapes and sizes
  • Sterile gauze dressings in a variety of sizes
  • Hypoallergenic sticky tape
  • Sterile eye dressings
  • A triangular bandage
  • Crepe bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Disposable sterile gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Thermometer, ideally a digital one
  • Antiseptic cream or spray
  • Cream or spray for insect bites and stings
  • Painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen in different formulations suitable for different ages. (Aspirin should not be given to children under 16)
  • Antihistamine tablets or liquid
  • Cough medicine
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • Eye wash and eye bath
  • Mr Bump cold pack

It is important to check medicines regularly to make sure they haven’t passed their use-by dates. When using medicines at home, always read the instructions and follow the recommended doses on the packaging.

You might find it helpful to keep a basic first aid manual with your first aid kit.

You can get all the essential items for your first aid kit at your local Alphega Pharmacy. Please visit our Pharmacy Locator page to find the nearest Alphega pharmacy to you.

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