Keeping Our Children Safe - Tips for Summer Fun

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Summer fun can bring accidents. No matter how careful we are with our children, accidents will happen. When one happens, taking care of it quickly is vital. Having a First Aid kit handy can relieve the pain and worry for both the parent and the child. You can either purchase a kit and add things or make your own. Here are a list of items recommended to have on hand.

  • Tote bag or small box/ one for the car & one for the house.
  • First aid manual, read it before you need it.
  • Syrup of Ipecac (check the expiration date) to counteract certain poisons
  • Disposable, instant-activating ice bags, used to minimize swelling
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • Over the counter antihistamine, for minor allergic reactions
  • Hydro-cortisone cream
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Acetaminophen for pain, fever, sprains & strains

You all know how important sunscreen is, but did you know that it expires? A good rule of thumb is to use the sunscreen in the same season that you bought it, then toss it.

Swallowing a lot of pool water can cause electrolytes imbalance by altering the salt to water ratio. This can lead to vomiting, lethargy, and, in extreme cases, seizures.

Bee sting? Make a paste of meat tenderizer (the non-flavored kind) and water and rub it on the sting. It will help break down the toxins quickly.

A Popsicle makes a great ice pack for “owies” in or on the mouth.

Learn CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. Hopefully, you¦ll never need it but if you do you’ll be ready.