Every home should have a kit of basic first aid supplies kept in a convenient location out of the reach of children. Stock it with at least the following:
- Sterile gauze pads and bandages.
- Adhesive tape.
- Cotton balls or absorbent cotton.
- Cotton swabs.
- Syrup of ipecac to induce vomiting.
- Antibiotic ointments.
- Sharp needle.
- Safety pins.
- Calamine lotion.
Keep a similar kit in your car or boat. You might want to add some extra items from your home, such as a flashlight, soap, blanket, paper cups, and any special equipment that a family member with a illness may need.