An Online First Aid Guide for Families

by Dr. Mary Williams, R.N. D.C.

Knowledge is the first line of defense when a family member or child suffers an injury or develops symptoms of an illness. Those initial moments of care can make all the difference between a full recovery and long-term damage. If you have a family, the first responder in most situations will be yourself, your spouse, or even one of your children. Educating your family on basic first aid and cpr certification skills is a great way to bond and make sure that in an emergency, your loved ones will know what steps to take to keep each other safe. We've compiled a list of first aid categories and well-respected sources to help educate your family on basic first aid for nearly every emergency situation.


First Aid for a Choking Conscious Adult

Universal Sign of Choking

Cuts and Wounds

Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid

Cuts and Puncture Wounds


First Aid: Burns

Burns Management Guidelines

Get The Facts: Burn First Aid

Bruises, Sprains, and Broken Bones

OrthoInfo: Wrist Sprains

M.I.C.E: Treatment for Ankle Sprains

First Aid for Sprains and Strains

Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains

Bee, Wasp, and Insect Stings

U Maine: First Aid for Bee and Insect Stings

Bug Bites and Stings

Animal Bites

KidsHealth: Animal Bites

Bites: Human and Animal

Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning

UNL Food: Food Poisoning

Allergic Reactions

First Aid for Anaphylaxis

Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

Skin Rashes: Home Treatment

Pet Allergy Treatment & Management


Frostbite: First Aid and Emergency Treatment

Better Health Channel: Frost Bite

Heat Stroke/Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

HealthyHorns: Heat Exhaustions and Heat Stroke


First Aid for Nosebleeds

HealthyChildren: Chronic Nosebleeds: What to Do?


University of Maryland Medical Center: Splinter Removal

Berkeley Parents Network: Removing Splinters in a Toodler

First Aid: Removing a Splinter

How to Make a First Aid Kit at Home

Red Cross: Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

First Aid Training

UTMB Health: Build Your Own First Aid Kit

Be Prepared: Create the Kit