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A well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in every home. Usually, a first aid kit includes a variety of supplies that can help you to respond quickly to emergencies, and should enable you to treat cuts, scrapes, burns and other injuries. It can also help reduce the risk of infection or mitigate the severity of an injury.

While the kit should be kept in easy reach, it should be kept away from children and the supplies should be regularly checked to see if they need to be replaced or have expired. Not sure what to include in your home first aid kit? Here are 10 essential supplies.


1. Thermometer


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A first-aid kit should include a thermometer to measure body temperature, for those times when you feel feverish. An oral digital thermometer is probably the best choice, but avoid sharing it with your family members. There are also ear thermometers and no-touch forehead thermometers, but these are also more expensive.


2. Anaesthetic spray/cream


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It’s always handy to have an anaesthetic spray or cream in your first aid kit to treat insect bites, sunburn or itchy rashes. It is helpful in numbing the area and relieving pain or discomfort.


3. Tiger Balm


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Tiger Balm is a familiar over-the-counter product, regardless of age and generation. Because it contains menthol and camphor, it does a superb job in relieving minor muscle aches, headaches, pains and strains by numbing the skin as an analgesic. It also cools the skin and increases blood circulation. Tiger Balm is also a favourite among people who have arthritis and those who often get nauseous or headaches. It can be used as a chest rub to soothe chest congestion and relieve cough.


4. Ru Yi Medicated Oil (Yu Yee You)


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All of us probably grew up using Ru Yi oil (also known as Yu Yee You), another familiar Asian medicated ointment. The Chinese traditional oil is every Asian family’s go-to medication for stomach bloat and stomach pains. You can also use it to soothe arthritis, headaches or joint and muscle aches. It’s also an effective remedy for babies suffering from colic.


5. Antiseptic wipes


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A first aid kit fully stocked with antiseptic wipes will allow you to be prepared to effectively treat and disinfect any wounds or thoroughly clean your hands prior to providing medical assistance. It is also important to sterilise or disinfect any tools you use, as well as your affected area, before dressing wounds. You can use wipes or an antiseptic spray to spritz directly onto the areas.