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Call 999 immediately if you are having chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, sudden weakness or numbness or if you think you have a medical emergency. Everyone can benefit from understanding basic first aid. First aid kits are an essential component of every home, and it is important to keep them well stocked. First aid covers everything from treating minor cuts and grazes to understanding what to do as the first person at the scene of an accident. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about first aid basics, what a first aid kit should contain, how to manage minor injuries and when to seek medical advice.

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Thumbnail: Most parents 'lack first aid skills'

Seven out of 10 mums and dads in the UK lack first aid skills that would allow them to help their child in a medical emergency, a poll has found.

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Thumbnail: Babies - Babies: first aid at home

Choose a waterproof, durable box that's easy to carry. It's much easier to take the box to the child than the child to the box. The box should have a childproof lock and be tall enough to carry bottles of lotion.Keep the box out of the reach of children, but handy for adults. You don't want to be hunting for your first aid kit when a child is injured and frightened.Either buy a first aid box, which is green with a white cross, or, if making up your own box, write 'First Aid' on it so if you aren't around, other people know what it is. If someone else is caring for your children, let them know where the kit is kept.

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