Galveston County Daily News, Jan. 17, 2007 Guest Viewpoint by Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly Many injuries are not threatening and do not require medical attention, but having a well-stocked first-aid kit can be important in an emergency situation. Knowing how to treat minor injuries and having the following basic supplies can make a difference. Some pre-packaged first-aid kits do not contain all that your family may need, so consider creating your own. Here’s what you will need: A container, such as a fishing tackle box or art supply box; first-aid manual; sterile gauze; adhesive tape; band-Aids (in various sizes); elastic bandages; tweezers; sharp scissors; safety pins; disposable gloves; cotton balls; cotton swabs; antiseptic wipes; hand cleaner or soap; antibiotic cream; antiseptic solution (such as hydrogen peroxide); hydrocortisone cream; acetaminophen and ibuprofen; disposable instant cold packs; heating pad; calamine lotion; petroleum jelly; anti-diarrhea medication; antacids; sunscreen; insect repellent; antihistamine; oral medication syringe (for small children) or dosing cup; alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol; thermometer; small flashlight; mouthpiece for administering CPR (call your local Red Cross to get one); emergency contact numbers (your family doctor, Poison Control Center).