For small everyday problems, it is not always necessary to visit a doctor or a pharmacy. Provided that the home's first-aid kit is well equipped.
To treat sores or small discomforts of everyday life, here is a list of small equipment and some medications to make your life easier and avoid going to the doctor at the slightest scratch. Be careful, this does not take into account your specific medical treatments.
1. The small items
To be able to cure, it is necessary to have all the necessary tools. Before any medicine, you need some basic medical equipment. Tweezers for splinters, a pair of scissors for cutting dressings, a tick-puller, a dozen sterile woven gauze, a bandage roll, self-gripping strips in case of sprain or strain and a thermometer.
2. Dressings for the sores
No need to have fifty different dressing sizes. Just find a bandage that sells as a band to cut, ideal to adapt to any scratches.
3. A local antiseptic
To disinfect wounds, you need an antiseptic. It can be found in individual pipettes, bottles or spray. It is basically up to you to choose what suits you best. Children do not like too much when it stings, Biseptine is recommended in these cases.
4. For bumps and bruises
Going to the emergency room can be necessary and even vital if the fall has been violent, if there has been a loss of consciousness or if your child no longer has the same behavior! For more ordinary falls, and sprains, an Arnica-based ointment is sufficient. You can also use some numbing cream before spreading the cream.
5. Help! Mosquitoes!
Summer is coming and with it comes a lot of mosquitoes too. Equip yourself now with a Dapis anti-itch cream (even for the youngest) or Apaisyl. If you want to repel mosquitoes, the essential oil of Java Lemongrass (in a diffuser or a few drops on clothes) is as natural as it is effective.
To clean the nose of toddlers, it's perfect and without side effects. It is also essential in case of allergies to rinse the eyes or to remove an uncomfortable grain of sand.
7. Against pain and fever
To fight fever and pain, buy a box of Paracetamol (Doliprane) for your pharmacy and try as much as possible to avoid the anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen), in which we discover many side effects.
8. An antidiarrheal
In cases of gastroenteritis or simple indigestion, an antidiarrheal medication is essential. We advise you to always have at hand Smecta or Tiorfan. For the youngest – watch their condition closely, of course – you can also provide a box of sachets of rehydration solution sold in pharmacies.
9. Some essential oils
In case of a stomach ache related to problems of digestion or menstrual pain, peppermint or lavender can be good companions! In a local application or in an oral solution (mixed with a vegetable oil), they work quickly and naturally. Lavender can also be used in cases of muscle pain or occasional insomnia. Eucalyptus essential oil is recommended for colds or congestion of the respiratory system.
10. Biafine or Aloe Vera
In both cases, it is a matter of relieving burns. Sunburn, domestic accidents… The burn is quite commonplace (as long as it does not matter). For this, Biafine or Aloe Vera gel are recommended. Aloe Vera can also be used to soothe irritations or itching caused by allergies or insect bites.