First aid can treat all sorts of minor bumps and scrapes, but you should see a doctor for more serious accidents. You may want to think about getting a first aid kit for your house or training in first aid so that you are prepared to deal with minor accidents.

First aid kits

Your first aid kit could include:

  • plasters
  • bandages
  • safety pins or tape
  • pain relievers (paracetamol or aspirin) – always read the label and follow the instructions for use very carefully – there are special child versions available
  • medical spoon/syringe for giving babies and children their medicines – these are more accurate and much safer than a teaspoon
  • antiseptic lotion or saline for cleaning wounds
  • sterile gauze
  • thermometer
  • tweezers (for splinters)
  • sharp scissors
  • triangular bandage
  • eye dressing

Here are some situations where it is vital to call an ambulance, although knowing first aid could also help:

At MCP First Aid Training we provide a full range of regulated training courses. Always make sure that your training provider has the correct teaching qualifications.