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
- 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.