Flat lay shot of components of a first aid kit such as gloves, plasters and bandages


First aid kit essentials for a busy family home

Whether it’s a skinned knee, a headache or a fever…every busy family home needs a good first aid kit

For any busy and active family, a first aid kit is a home essential. Whether it’s a skinned knee, a fever or even a headache brought on by too much screen time, injuries and illnesses are an inevitable part of day-to-day life. Here are some of the most common home emergencies and the items to help you feel prepared.

1. Burns and scalds

Mother with her daughter in the kitchen cooking together

Burns and scalds are one of the most common home injuries and first response at home can make a real difference. Cooling the burn with cool or lukewarm water will help lower the temperature of the skin and having cling film in your first aid kit helps to cover the burn.

2. Sprains and strains

Woman wounding bandage around little boy's knee, close up view

Sprains and strains are part-and-parcel of childhood, whether caused by playing at the park or running around in the garden. The NHS recommend the simple acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevate. Making sure you have some ice packs ready in the freezer is also a must.

3. Cuts and bruises

Injured child holding hands with mother

For active children, cuts and bruises unfortunately often come with the territory. Although some soothing words and a cuddle with mum or dad goes a long way, make sure you also have some first aid essentials at your fingertips. These should include antiseptic cream, alcohol-free cleansing wipes, plasters, bandages and some safety pins.

4. Symptoms of too much screen time

Kid playing with her tablet pc

In addition to the traditional injuries of bruises and sprains, recent research shows that 1 in 10 schoolchildren suffer from migraines, with some experts attributing this to a rise in screen time. If your little one is struggling with a headache, a cool, moist cloth across their forehead or eyes can help to ease symptoms along with some child-friendly pain-killers in small dosages as advised by the manufacturer.

5. Fevers and temperatures

Thermometer in use to take a baby’s temperature

Last but not least, when fever strikes you need a modern first aid kit fit-for-purpose. High temperatures can be worrying, so you need the most effective tools to take an accurate reading. Strip thermometers only show the temperature of the skin, not the body. Instead, the range of digital thermometers from Braun are an easy way to take temperature accurately from a child’s ear to help you to decide the best next steps for you and your family.

More information on which thermometer is right for your family can be found here.