First-Aid Kit:
  • For poisoning: activated charcoal, which slows the absorption of any chemicals or medications that may have been swallowed. (Do not administer unless instructed by your local poison control center).

  • For treating small wounds: an antibacterial ointment that contains bacitracin, like Neosporin, but not hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which may damage tissue in a wound.

  • Band-Aids, gauze, sterile bandages and adhesive tape.

  • An ACE bandage to provide compression and reduce swelling of a sprained ankle or knee.

  • Thermometer.

  • Tweezers.

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