Your Home First Aid Kit: 17 Must-Haves


Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
Pack this to lubricate the rectal thermometer.

Calamine lotion
This is great stuff to relieve the itching of poison ivy and bug bites.

1-percent Hydrocortisone ointment
This is also helpful for rashes that itch.

Diphenhydramine (Benedryl)
An antihistamine is helpful in handling any minor allergic reactions.

Antibiotic ointment
Good for certain cuts that are at risk for infection. If a cut or scrape appears to be infected already, consult the doctor before administering the antibiotic ointment.

Self-injectable epinephrine
This is a prescription medication limited to those at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions from bee stings, certain foods, etc.


These are essential for removing ticks, splinters, etc.

A regular flashlight will do, but may be too big to fit in the first-aid box. Don't forget extra batteries.

List of important phone numbers
Include the pediatrician, Poison Control Center, a friend or relative you can call in an emergency, and emergency services if "911" is not available in your area.

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