If you are new to Hong Kong and are thinking of putting a first aid kit together for your child, you may have some doubts about what to include. The health risks are slightly different than if you were in the US or Europe. Having a well-stocked first aid kit will prove to be invaluable, especially if your children will be playing outside at any point.
First things first
Any pharmacy will stock all that you need for your first aid kit, and also keep an eye on local supermarkets and grocery stores as they occasionally have items that are cheaper than in a pharmacy. It is a good idea to have a medical box with pills and a separate first aid kit, so that you can easily reach what you need without having to rifle through thousands of pill packets.
What you need in your first aid kit
- Surgical gloves- essential to protect yourself and your child from diseases transmitted through blood and also to keep dirt out of any wounds.
- Tweezers- perfect for picking out glass, stings and splinters.
- Cotton balls- make them sterile by soaking in saline solution.
- Butterfly clip and safety pins
- Copies of important documents, such as insurance, passports, driver’s licences, doctor’s notes and a copy of your credit card. In case of an emergency, this will be essential and will stop you from having to rush around and locate these items.
- Hand sanitiser
- Calamine lotion
- Aloe vera
- Antiseptic spray
- Disinfectant swabs
- Saline solution
- Eye drops
- Cushioned dressings
- Elastic bandages
- Absorbent gauze- this is multi-purpose and can be cut, as well as used with other dressings. You can even use in your child’s mouth, particularly if there is injury to the teeth or gums, but just be aware that your child doesn’t swallow any of it.
- Eye patch- this is particularly useful if your child has had their eye washed but you are concerned about further irritation. It will protect the eye and it will also prevent your child from touching their eye.
Remember, keep your first aid kit in an easy to reach place and it is worth buying a brightly colored box with a cross on the front, so that it is easy to see and will also be identifiable by other people, in case you are not home. Make sure that anyone who will be around your children in your home knows the location of the kit, including nannies, babysitters and cleaners if necessary.