Preparing Your On-The-Go Summer First Aid Kit
When school is out for the summer, children’s outdoor activities increase. It is a good idea to have your first aid kit well-stocked. Keep the kit in your car so you will never have to remember to pack it.
A store-bought, pre-made first aid kit is an inexpensive and practical way to start your own kit. Make it better by adding a few extras and you will be ready for whatever the season brings!
The base kit should include Band-Aids, gauze, tape, antibiotic ointment, and anti-itch or steroid ointment.
Suggestions for things to add to your basic kit to make it summer ready are:
Diphenhydramine is a first line treatment for insect bites, hives, and other allergic reactions that can be serious. It is also a great treatment for an attack of seasonal allergies. We recommend Correct Dose Children’s Allergy Relief. Why? Correct dose has portable premeasured single use vials mean no measuring, no spilling, and no risk of contamination. Each single use vial is pre-measured and wrapped in protective child resistant packaging to prevent accidental overdosing and cross contamination. The travel ready vials can be taken anywhere you go.
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EpiPen for a family member with a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), ask your physician for a prescription.
Wound Numbing spray can save the day when a child is burned, sunburned, or has a painful cut or scrape.
Water bottle for cleaning out wounds and to avoid dehydration.
Liquid Pain medicine, it is always a good idea to have some pain relief medication handy. For kids we recommend Correct Dose Children’s Pain Relief & Fever Reducer. Why? Precise, portable single use vials mean no measuring, no spilling, and no risk of contamination. Each single use vial is pre-measured and wrapped in protective child resistant packaging to prevent accidental overdosing and cross contamination. The travel ready vials can be taken anywhere you go.
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Nausea medication, like Dramamine is an easy fix for car sick kids.
Extra prescription medication used frequently, especially asthma and allergy medications.
Sunblock - Sunburns occur when you least expect it, at sports events, or on a trip to the park. Have some 30+ sunblock ready to cover those little spots on your ears and neck that your hat doesn't cover. Include some SPF lip balm too.
Bug spray – Keep those pesky insects at bay.
Hydrocortisone ointment: This inexpensive over-the-counter medication will treat almost anything that itches.
Moist wipes: A pack of disinfectant wipes is infinitely useful in the car, especially for keeping hands clean and wiping noses.
Clean towel: A nice clean towel is perfect for setting up your first-aid station while you dress a wound or remove a splinter. It is also useful for containing bleeding on bigger injuries. Consider a highly absorbent microfiber towel that can be stuffed into a small space.
Alcohol wipes – Use these for sterilizing first aid kit instruments, such as tweezers and scissors. They are also useful for cleaning skin before trying to remove splinters.
ACE bandage – for sprains and strains, but also useful for holding bandages in place on bigger wounds and holding splints on fractures.
Tweezers – mostly use these for removing splinters, but occasionally they are necessary to remove bugs from ears, fishing hooks from fingers, etc. Tweezers are NOT the best way to remove a tick—tweezers often cause you to remove the tick body and leave the head in the skin. The best way to remove a small deer tick is to scrape it off with a credit card. You can clean the credit card first with your alcohol wipes. Here’s more on how to remove a tick.
Keeping your summer safe just takes a bit of preparation. Have a wonderful summer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics children’s health website, Healthchildren.org, expands on these tips on their website.