My First Aid Kit

As an ER doctor and mom, what’s in my First Aid Kit?

  • Dosage Cheat sheet – if you have kids in the house, get one of these from your pediatrician.  These tells you how much of common medications to give to your children, based on their weight –exactly the math you don’t want to do at 2:00 am.  (Can’t get one from your pediatrician? Write out proper dosages in the light of day, for those late-night teething episodes and ear infections).
  • Thermometer
  • Bandages (Bandaids) of various sizes
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)  (although if you run out of these,  ER doctor secret =  grab a towel…just don’t use the fancy linens!)
  • Adhesive cloth tape (about 1 inch wide)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic (wipe packets are handiest, or a large bottle of hydrogen peroxide and cotton also works)
  • Medications— I always keep the following stocked in my medicine cabinet:
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) (adults and children’s doses)
    • Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) (adults and children)
    • Aspirin (only for adults – don’t give to children under 18)
    • Diphenyhydramine (Benadryl)
  • 1 instant cold compress (ER doctor secret = a bag of frozen peas works in a pinch, or a pre-frozen ziploc bag of 1 part rubbing alcohol + 3 parts water)
  • Non-latex gloves (2-3 pairs)
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Roller bandage (1 x 3-inch roll, 1x 4 inch roll)
  • 10 sterile gauze pads ( 5 of 3×3 inches, 5 of 4×4 inches)
  • Tweezers
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